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Tom Dakers

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Lourdes Gurriel

Off topic, but I’m really enjoying seeing the pictures of spring training in my twitter feed. If you aren’t following @frankgunnphoto you really should. Lots of great pics.

The Blue Jays signed Lourdes Gurriel to a seven-year $22 million contract in the winter before the 2017 season.

Lourdes played all the infield spots and left field in the Cuban National Series. Gurriel had great batting stats in Cuba. In 2016, he hit .344/.407/.560 with 10 home runs, 21 walks and 23 strikeouts in 59...

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Tom Dakers

MLB News: Hosmer signed, Odorizzi traded

We are finally getting some MLB news.

The Padres signed Eric Hosmer to an 8-year, $144 million contract. He’ll get 5 years of $20 million a year and then 3 years of $13 million. There is a opt out clause, Hosmer can opt out after year 5. And he has a no-trade clause for the first 3 years.

I don’t understand the no-trade thing, 8 years for Hosmer makes him impossible to trade.

The contract covers his age 28 to age 35 seasons.

Who were the Padres bidding against? Was there another team...

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Tom Dakers

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Taylor Guerrieri

If you are like me, you forgot the Blue Jays picked up Taylor Guerrieri, back in early November, off waivers from the Rays,.

Guerrieri had been a top prospect. He was 62nd on Baseball America’s top MLB prospects back in 2013.

He’s had injury issues. He missed most of last year with an elbow injury. Before that, he had Tommy John surgery in 2013. He also missed time for a suspension for using a ‘substance of abuse’.

All that helps explain why he’s 25 and hasn’t yet pitched in...

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Mark Colley

“He was my basketball coach”: Players on Jerry Howarth’s retirement

Connor Panas and other Blue Jay prospects open up about the broadcaster’s importance to them.

Outfielder Connor Panas is a Canadian kid. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and attended Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, roughly a 20 minute drive from Nathan Phillips Square.

He also had Jerry Howarth as his high school basketball coach.

Howarth was known by most as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays on the radio for 36 years, along with Tom Cheek. When he unexpectedly retired last week, an...

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Despite testy arbitration hearing, Stroman hopes to stay with Blue Jays long-term

Marcus Stroman doesn't appear affected by the arbitration hearing after all

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Josh Donaldson Cracks the Top 10 of MLB Network’s 100 Best Players

He may have missed six weeks due to injury last year, but Josh Donaldson barely skipped a beat during the 2017 season. The Blue Jays missed him dearly for a month-and-a-half, but upon his return, Donaldson made up for lost time. In 113 games, the former MVP still put forth a five-win season in which he posted a wRC+ of 149. Extrapolate those numbers across a full season and he’s another MVP candidate. Despite the time missed last year, Donaldson is still one of the best players in...

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Stroman angry over negativity in arbitration

Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman met with Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins on Friday, a day after the 26-year old right-hander's salary arbitration loss triggered him to vent on Twitter.

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Pulling a Fast One: Have the Blue Jays Found a New Market Inefficiency?

A few weeks ago, I found myself in a discussion on Twitter with Scott Mitchell of TSN and Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto about Chris Tillman, a player some of us liked as a potential bounceback candidate. The idea that came to me from that discussion was that if they did sign him, he would appear to fit very neatly into a mold of pitchers that this front office likes to acquire: pitchers with some outlier aspect to their fastball. The Blue Jays did not sign Tillman, of course. They...

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Tom Dakers

The 2018 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 1-4

No surprises here.

We make it to the top of the list. I know you are all wondering who will be in this group. I was just going to list the players and skip the little profiles.

2018: 5-8 | 9-12 | 13-16 | 17-20 | 21-25 | 26-30 | 31-35 | 36-40

2017: Top 40 Index

4. Nate Pearson, age 21 (DOB August 20, 1996), RHP, Last year: Central Florida Community College.

Our first round pick in last year’s draft. Nate is a big guy, 6’6”, listed at 245 pounds. In the post about his pick Matt...

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The Prognosis on Aaron Sanchez is Good; Troy Tulowitzki, However …

Aaron Sanchez and Troy Tulowitzki are two of the many Toronto Blue Jays who didn’t finish the 2017 season under their own volition. The Blue Jays shut down Sanchez in early September, while the club declared Tulo done for the year in early August. If the Blue Jays are going to have any hope of getting back to the playoffs in 2018, they need big contributions this year from their promising young starter and starting shortstop. By all indications, one of these players sounds like they’re...

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Tom Dakers

Blue Jays sign Jaime Garcia

It looks like Joe Biagini won’t be the Jays 5th starter, at least to start off the season.

The Blue Jays have signed LHP Jaime Garcia to a 1-year contract worth $8 million, with a team option for a second year. It looks like the option is for $10 million, with a $2 million buyout. So, he’s guaranteed $10 million

Garcia pitched for the Braves, Twins and Yankees last year. He was only a Twin for a few days, coming in a trade for from the Braves on July 24th and then sent off to the Dark...

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Jaime Garcia, Blue Jays Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $8 Million Contract

Jaime Garcia is reportedly headed to his fourth team in the past year.

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, Garcia and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million deal. 

Garcia's 2017 season was something of a rollercoaster. 

Following an offseason trade from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Atlanta Braves, Garcia spent the first 18 starts of his 2017 campaign with the National League East also-rans. 

Garcia was then shipped to the Minnesota Twins on July...

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Marcus Stroman didn't enjoy the Blue Jays' negativity at his arbitration hearing

Marcus Stroman lost his arbitration hearing, and he tweeted right through his emotions.

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Blue Jays win arbitration hearing against Marcus Stroman

The Blue Jays won their arbitration hearing against right-hander Marcus Stroman, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter). Stroman will receive the $6.5MM salary submitted by the team rather than the $6.9MM salary submitted by his representatives at the Legacy Agency (as can be seen in MLBTR’s 2018 Arbitration Tracker).Stroman, 27 in May, turned in his second straight 200-inning season for the Jays in 2017, working to a strong 3.09 ERA with 7.3 K/9 against 2.8 BB/9 through 201...

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Richard Griffin: Stroman fumes after losing arbitration fight with Blue Jays

'The negative things that were said against me, by my own team, will never leave my mind.'

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Marcus Stroman unhappy with Blue Jays approach against him in arbitration hearing

Stroman lost his arbitration case, losing the chance to earn an extra $400,000

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Tom Dakers

Thursday Bantering: Stroman loses in arbitration

Plus notes on Martin, Tulo and Sanchez.

Marcus Stroman announced, on twitter, that he lost his arbitration hearing with the Blue Jays. Marcus was seeking $6.9 million but the arbitrator went with the Jays number, $6.5 million. I imagine he’ll get by. Maybe less avocado toast. Maybe if we all bought a HDMH cap?

What I hate about arbitration is the team has to make a case against the player, right in front of him. As Marcus says “the negative things that were said against me, by my own...

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The Blue Jays elusive search for a 5th starter

Joe Biagini All winter we’ve been hearing about how the Blue Jays are leaning towards Joe Biagini being their 5th starter. Despite everything the Blue Jays have said about letting Biagini start, the idea of giving a relatively unproven player this sort of hefty responsibility doesn’t exactly fit the pattern Toronto has laid out with respect to how they’ve been going about building their team.  Ever since Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins took over in 2015, Toronto’s been all about...

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Tom Dakers

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Randal Grichuk

I’ve had a rough couple of days fighting computer troubles. I’m hoping they are behind me. Either that, or I’m going to be taking up drinking as a sport.

Randal Grichuk came over to the Blue Jays in a trade with the Cardinals. The Jays sent Conner Greene and Dominic Leone to St. Louis. We liked the trade here, in our poll we had:

13% loved it. 57% liked it. 22% neutral. 6% disliked it. 2% hated it.

The numbers kind of surprised me. I figured there would be more who didn’t like...

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Matt W

The Tyranny of the Save

Allow me to take you back to the evening of September 5, 2017. The Blue Jays were in Boston for the middle game of a three game set, as they played out the string and the Red Sox moved towards the division title. Two ships passing in the night, heading in opposite directions. But behind seven shutout innings from Marco Estrada, the Jays scratched their way to a tenuous 2-0 lead, and it looked like for one night at least the script was to be flipped.

With Estrada done at 108 pitches, for the...

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