Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Jose Tabata has signed with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League.

Tabata last appeared in a major league game in June 2015. He famously signed a six-year, $14.75 million contract extension with the Pirates in August 2011 after a promising first couple of seasons in Pittsburgh, but that deal didn't quite work out -- even at such team-friendly rates. The 29-year-old Venezuelan outfielder probably won't ever make it back to the show.
Feb 22 - 1:04 PM

Devon Travis (knee) is a full participant at Blue Jays camp this spring.

Travis missed the final 100 games of the 2017 season after requiring surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee, but he has impressed all onlookers so far in Dunedin, Florida. "You watch him move around, and if you didn’t know he’d had an injury, you wouldn’t think anything of it," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told Sportsnet.ca. "Really, he looks that good." Travis, mostly a forgotten man in more casual fantasy leagues, might take on some sneaky value in 2018. The second baseman batted .301/.342/.469 with 19 homers, 85 RBI, seven steals, and 92 runs scored over his first 163 major league games between 2015-2016.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 22 - 11:21 AM

Josh Donaldson said he has had preliminary talks with the Blue Jays about a contract extension, but that he wants to focus on the season and expects to become a free agent.

Donaldson didn't rule out the possibility that extension talks could "ramp back up" at some point, but he appears resigned to testing his luck on the open market following the 2018 season. It should be an interesting free agent case, as he's going to be 33 years old in December. Donaldson batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers and 78 RBI over 113 games last season.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) couldn't say for sure Monday that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Tulowitzki missed the final two months last season with ligament damage in his right ankle and it was revealed last week that he's been dealing with a chronic bone spur in his right heel. He said he felt good on the field Monday, but that he plans to take it "day by day." There's still a long way to go before Opening Day, but fortunately the Blue Jays have Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte as insurance for their middle infield.

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) took grounders on the field and hit with no issues on Monday.

Tulowitzki is making progress, but he reported to camp with a bone spur in his heel and the Blue Jays plan to take it easy with him early on in spring. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn't expect him to play for the first couple of games of the Grapefruit League schedule.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

Marco Estrada looked at video and threw more changeups than usual during the offseason.

Estrada noticed that his arm slowed down when he was throwing his changeup, which made the pitch easier for hitters to pick up. In addition to correcting the flaw, he threw his changeup more often over the winter in order to regain the feel for a pitch which has been his best weapon. Estrada saw his ERA jump from 3.48 to 4.98 last season, but he's doing what he can to get back on track.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 19 - 10:09 AM

Teoscar Hernandez could begin the season in the minors.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hasn't ruled out the possibility of Hernandez making the club, but he'll very likely be the odd man out following the recent additions of Randal Grichuk and Curtis Granderson. Kevin Pillar is locked into center field while Ezequiel Carrera and Steve Pearce are also in the mix. "I just want to see him go out and play well. We saw him really good in September," said Gibbons. "He’s got it all right there, now he’s just waiting for his opportunity, whenever that might be." Hernandez had all the makings of a fantasy sleeper just a couple of weeks ago and would be worth watching if there's an injury.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 19 - 9:25 AM

Blue Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker said Sunday that he still envisions right-hander Joe Biagini as a quality major league starter.

The 27-year-old hurler was jerked back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen in 2017, which may have played a role in his struggles. He wound up compiling a 5.34 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 119 2/3 innings. His xFIP was a much tidier 4.11 though, and there's still strikeout upside in his right arm. If he opens the season in the Jays' rotation, there's upside to be had here for fantasy purposes.
Feb 19 - 12:12 AM

Blue Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker said Sunday that Aaron Sanchez (finger) has been "very sharp" so far this spring.

Walker noted that they were treating it like it was a normal spring for Sanchez and that there are currently no limitations regarding his recurring blister issues or the ligament damage to his right middle finger that bothered him throughout 2017. The 25-year-old right-hander makes for an intriguing bounce-back candidate this season.
Feb 18 - 6:03 PM

Marcus Stroman said he's interested in a potential multi-year contract extension with the Blue Jays.

He seems to have gotten over the bitterness he expressed on Twitter after losing his arbitration hearing on Thursday. Yesterday he wrote "The negative things that were said against me, by my own team, will never leave my mind." He subsequently deleted the tweet. Today he said he is "hoping to have talks soon. I want to be here and I want to be here long-term. I just want to feel like I'm wanted here." The Blue Jays currently have team control over Stroman for three more years. He went 13-9 with a stellar 3.09 ERA in 33 starts last year.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 16 - 7:16 PM

Blue Jays agreed to terms with LHP Jaime Garcia on a one-year, $8 million contract with a $10 million club option for 2019.

The buyout for the option is $2 million, so Garcia is guaranteed at least $10 million in the deal. Garcia has struggled to put together seasons in which he both remains healthy and performs at his best, but he still has the strong groundball rate and decent strikeout rate to go along with it. Unfortunately, this most likely means that Joe Biagini will be back in Toronto's pen, barring an injury to another starter this spring.
Feb 15 - 4:55 PM

Marcus Stroman lost his arbitration hearing against the Blue Jays and will receive a $6.5 million salary in 2018.

Stroman broke the news on his personal Twitter account Thursday: "Lost arbitration. Is what it is. Looking forward to going out and dealing again. The negative things that were said against me, by my own team, will never leave my mind. I’m thick-skinned so it will only fuel the fire. Can’t wait for this year!" Stroman had requested a salary of $6.9 million from the Toronto front office. He is a Super Two player and won't hit free agency until after the 2020 campaign.
Feb 15 - 1:31 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters Wednesday that Troy Tulowitzki has been dealing with a bone spur in his heel.

And we're off. Gibbons said the bone spur shouldn't be a significant issue but might cause some delays for Tulowitzki at the start of spring training. So it's at least kind of an issue. The veteran shortstop appeared in only 66 games last season and batted just .249/.300/.378 with seven home runs and 26 RBI when healthy. He is a high-risk fantasy bet for the 2018 campaign.
Feb 14 - 12:32 PM

Marcus Stroman had an arbitration hearing against the Blue Jays on Monday.

Stroman requested $6.9 million and was offered $6.5 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The three-person arbitration panel will rule on one salary or the other for the 2018 season. Stroman earned $3.4 million in 2017 while posting a 3.09 ERA and 164/62 K/BB ratio over 201 innings.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 13 - 8:34 AM

Blue Jays signed LHP Matt Tracy to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Tracy, 29, was in the minors last season in the Twins organization, posting a 4.71 ERA in 18 appearances -- 13 starts -- over three different levels. The southpaw hasn't seen any time in the majors since he made one appearance with the Yankees back in 2015.
Feb 12 - 7:01 PM


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