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Tom Dakers

Today in Blue Jays history: A bad trade and Clemens signing

22 Years Ago

The Blue Jays signed Roger Clemens.

Roger had played 13 seasons for the Red Sox. Had a 192-111 record and a 3.06 ERA in 382 starts. He had won 3 Cy Young awards and had finished 2nd and 3rd and 6th in the voting other times.

But, he wasn’t quite as terrific in his last couple of seasons with Boston, putting up a 3.83 ERA and a 20-18 record in 57 starts. Yeah, still very good, but kind of a step down in performance. When he hit free agency, the Red Sox didn’t want to give...

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Mark Colley

Encarnacion, Happ and Smoak: Updates from the Winter Meetings

Things are heating up for the Blue Jays.

Although the first few days of the Winter Meetings were pretty dull, save for the release of Troy Tulowitzki, it looks like things are picking up on the Blue Jays’ front — or, at least, in matters somewhat related to the Blue Jays.

The Seattle Mariners acquired former Blue Jay Edwin Encarnacion from the Cleveland baseball team in a three-way deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon.

The Rays sent Jake Bauers to Cleveland, with Yandy...

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Matt W

Rule 5 Draft: Jays lose Jordan Romano and Travis Bergen, select Elvis Luciano

Jays select RHP David Garner and lose LHP Sam Moll in minor league phase

The 2018 Rule 5 Draft was an eventful one for the Blue Jays — or at least the first couple minutes were — as they made an off-the-board selection of an 18-year-old who wouldn’t normally even be eligible. But before that, they had already had two players selected by them. Drafting third overall, the White Sox took 2014 10th round pick and GTA native Jordan Romano, then flipped him to the Rangers (ugh). Right before...

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Matt W

2018 Rule 5 Draft Background and Open Thread

The 2018 Winter Meetings wrap up today with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Once a solid source of talent, changes in the 2006 CBA that allowed teams an extra year before their prospects were eligible have reduced the chance of finding high impact players. But Joe Biagini is a good reminder of the ability to find diamonds in the rough. And let’s face it — other than arbitration numbers being exchanged in January, this is the last formal thing on the calendar before Spring Training.

With the...

Yardbarker: Toronto Blue Jays

Charlie Montoyo Shares the ‘Tampa Tactics’ He’s Bringing to Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays will have a much different look and feel in 2019. With many mainstays departing from the starting lineup, a revamped coaching staff and a brand new manager, there’s a distinct shift with how the Blue Jays will operate next season. One of the driving factors behind their about-face is Charlie Montoyo. At the end of October, he was announced as the successor to John Gibbons, but up until now, not much was known about Montoyo’s managerial style or his plans for the...

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Martin Barratt

Thursday bantering

A few whispers and rumours concerning the Jays at the moment, mostly about pitching it seems.

The Jays haven’t landed J.A. Happ, Charlie Morton, Lance Lynn and Tanner Roark and instead are expected to target a secondary tier of starters where some value can be found on short-term deals.

In that regard Scott Boras is adhering to the #CheapRogers mindset and has blasted Rogers and the Jays for not spending enough.

But we are casting our net wide and far to add to our pitching stocks:...

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Reds interested in Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman

The Reds are searching far and wide for trades at the winter meetings.

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Mark Colley

Yankees “close” to three-year agreement with J.A. Happ

It’s not done yet, despite earlier reporting by Ken Rosenthal.

The New York Yankees are “close” to agreeing with former Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ on a three-year deal, but nothing is done yet. Ken Rosenthal reported earlier that the two parties were in agreement, pending a physical, but has since corrected his reporting.

Walking this back. Indications are #Yankees are close on Happ, but no agreement in place. https://t.co/FvR5bwUVDw

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)...

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Matt Gross (RhodeIslandRoxfan)

The Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki part ways as each set out to embark on a new era

That ball, like Tulo, is outta here.

What began as a baseball bombshell on a hot July night in 2015 ends with what feels like a footnote in the darkness of December. Troy Tulowitzki’s tenure with the Blue Jays is over; and as it turns out, it’s technically been over for 17 months as he hasn’t appeared in a game since July 28, 2017 - Exactly two years to the day after he was traded to Toronto. The transaction ends the latest chapter in Tulo’s complicated career which has featured...

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Martin Barratt

Wednesday bantering

Post Tulo era, the possibility of openers and Texas choking

Troy Tulowitzki’s time with Toronto ended with a bang (no not an injury) and not a whimper as he was surprisingly released yesterday. The move itself wasn’t that shocking but the timing certainly was.

The Jays will pay out the remaining $38m on his contract. Its not the worse deal though:

Big Baseball Buyouts (paid not to play)

1. Josh Hamilton, Angels, $68M

2. Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox, $48.6M

3. Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays, $38M

Yardbarker: Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays Release Troy Tulowitzki

In a stunning move, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have released shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki had two years and $38 million remaining on his contract. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins reportedly met with Tulowitzki’s agent at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas to discuss the former All-Star shortstop’s future with the club. While Atkins didn’t give a ringing endorsement of Tulowitzki’s future, it still came as a surprise to many in the industry. Also, when...

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Blue Jays make bold decision to release Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki The Blue Jays are finally beginning to realize the price they had to pay in order to make the post-season in 2015. So was it worth it?  To spend all that money on aging veterans like Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin so they could end that miserable 21-year playoff drought.  I’d say so.  It’s just unfortunate that neither Tulowitzki or Martin were anything close to the players they were when they started with the Blue Jays. I always figured if the Blue Jays were going...

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Kate Stanwick

Blue Jays Release Troy Tulowitzki

The Blue Jays will pay out the remainder of Tulowitzki’s $38M contract

The Blue Jays have made the move that is quite possibly the most shocking thing they could do at the Winter Meetings this week:

The Toronto Blue Jays today announce the release of SS Troy Tulowitzki.

— Blue Jays PR (@BlueJaysPR) December 11, 2018

Tulowitzki is owed $38M guaranteed per his contract - $20M in 2019, $14M in 2020 and a $4M buyout for 2021. Due to injuries, he hasn’t played in a baseball game in over...

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Troy Tulowitzki Released by Blue Jays, Still Owed $38 Million over 2 Years

The Toronto Blue Jays announced the release of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday. Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reported the Jays still owe the infielder $38 million from the remaining portion of his 10-year, $157...

Yardbarker: Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays release Troy Tulowitzki with $38 million left on contract

In one of the most shocking moves of the MLB offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that they are releasing veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki was at one point considered one of the best infielders in baseball, but heel injuries forced him to miss the entire 2018 season. He appeared in just 66 games in 2017 because of an ankle injury, batting .249 with a .678 OPS. Still, Toronto’s decision to release the 34-year-old rather than trying to trade him is surprising...

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Jays release Tulowitzki, making him free agent

Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who hasn't played in the majors since July 28, 2017, is a free agent after being released by the Blue Jays.

Yardbarker: Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays release SS Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki, the supremely talented but oft-injured shortstop, is now a free agent. The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that they had realeased Tulowitzki from his contract. Toronto GM, Ross Atkins, was reportedly very high on Lourdes Gurriel, making Tulo expendable. The Blue Jays acquired Tulowitzki at the trade deadline in 2015. He helped Toronto win the AL East that year. In 2016, he hit .254/.318/.443 with 24 home runs as the Blue Jays returned to the postseason. But the 2017...

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Blue Jays release shortstop Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki has three years and $49 million remaining on his contract.

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Derek Bell

And Dalton Pompey

It’s former Blue Jay Derek Bell’s 50 birthday.

Derek Bell was a 2nd round draft pick for the Blue Jays back in 1987. He moved up the Jays system pretty quickly and made it to the Jays in late June of 1991, played a few games and then was sent back down, then came back out as a September call up. He hit .143/.314/.143.

The next season Derek had the 4th outfielder role. He played in 61 games, hitting .242/.324/.354, with 2 home runs and 15 RBI. He even had 3 plate...

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