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Blue Jays acquired RHP Trent Thornton from the Astros in exchange for SS Aledmys Diaz.

The 25-year-old right-hander was a fifth round draft pick in 2015. He played for the Astros' Triple-A affiliate the Fresno Grizzlies this year, racking up a 9-8 record with a 4.42 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings in 22 starts and two relief appearances. He is likely to make his major league debut for the Blue Jays at some point in the upcoming season.
Nov 17 - 11:37 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Blue Jays are not actively negotiating trade scenarios with any other teams regarding starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.

He mentions the Reds as one of the teams with interest in Stroman, whose performance slumped badly this year. He went 4-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 19 starts and struck out only 77 batters in 102 1/3 innings. He missed two months of the season with shoulder fatigue and a finger blister led to another disabled list stint in August. On the plus side he had a 3.84 xFIP and his 62.1% groundball rate was the highest in the majors -- which would be an attractive attribute for a team like the Reds who play in a homer-happy ballpark. One year prior in 2017 he went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 33 starts. If his injuries are behind him he could be a strong bounceback candidate in the upcoming season.
Nov 17 - 11:10 AM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that Guillermo Martinez will be the Blue Jays' new hitting coach.

Martinez was the team's minor league hitting coordinator this season after spending the previous four years as a hitting coach in the Cubs' farm system. He is replacing Brook Jacoby.
Source: Sportsnet
Nov 16 - 10:29 AM

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will leave the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday to attend to a family matter.

His team, the Surprise Saguaros, only have three games remaining and have already been limited from contention. Guerrero started off red hot in the AFL before cooling off in recent days, but he still finished with a .351/.398/.446 batting line with seven doubles, 17 RBI, and a 6/8 K/BB ratio over 19 games. The 19-year-old sensation is on track to make his major league debut in the early part of the 2019 season.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 13 - 11:13 AM

Blue Jays hired Dave Hudgens as bench coach.

Hudgens had served as the Astros' hitting coach since 2015 and obviously enjoyed quite a bit of success in that role, including a World Series championship in 2017. The 61-year-old will now work alongside new Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo in Toronto, replacing former bench coach DeMarlo Hale.
Nov 7 - 8:19 PM

John Lott of The Athletic reports the Blue Jays have fired hitting coach Brook Jacoby.

The Blue Jays had some high-scoring offenses during Jacoby's tenure but the team brought in a new manager, Charlie Montoyo, and they are apparently giving him a chance to bring in his own staff. Jacoby was the Blue Jays' hitting coach for the last four seasons. Prior to that he served as the Reds' hitting coach for seven seasons.
Nov 3 - 2:55 PM

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. headlines the starting lineup for the West Division team in Saturday's Fall Stars game.

The Fall Stars game is the Arizona Fall League's all star game. Guerrero has been one of the top hitters in the circuit, slashing .393/.443/.508 with zero homers and 14 RBI in 15 games. He should make his debut with the Blue Jays early in the 2019 season. The full starting lineup is Lucius Fox SS Rays, Keston Hiura 2B Brewers, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B Blue Jays, Cavan Biggio LF Blue Jays, Cristian Pache CF Braves, Evan White 1B Mariners, Keibert Ruiz C Dodgers, Luis Robert DH White Sox, Estevan Florial RF Yankees, Nate Pearson SP Blue Jays.
Nov 3 - 1:01 PM

Blue Jays activated INF/OF Brandon Drury from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Drury hit just .169/.256/.260 over 26 games for the Yankees and Blue Jays while battling injuries, but he'll be ready for spring training.
Nov 2 - 4:32 PM

Blue Jays activated SS Troy Tulowitzki from the 60-day disabled list.

The move restores him to the 40-man roster. Tulowitzki missed the entire season following surgery on both heels and remains a poor health bet moving forward.
Nov 2 - 4:31 PM

Jake Petricka has elected free agency.

Petricka refused an outright assignment by Toronto and is now free to sign somewhere else. He posted a 4.53 ERA over 41 appearances this season.
Nov 2 - 4:09 PM

Taylor Guerrieri has elected free agency.

Guerrieri refused an outright assignment by the Blue Jays and will now look for employment elsewhere. The former held a 4.66 ERA over nine relief appearances in the majors in 2018.
Nov 2 - 4:08 PM

Rhiner Cruz has elected free agency.

Cruz declined an outright assignment from the Blue Jays and will instead hit the open market. He made just eight appearances between the majors and minors this season due to injury.
Nov 2 - 4:06 PM

Blue Jays sent RHP Justin Shafer outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Shafer is now off the 40-man roster but will remain in the organization. His season ended early due to an arm injury, but he should be ready for spring training.
Nov 2 - 4:04 PM

Blue Jays declined their $5.5 million club option on INF Yangervis Solarte for 2019.

But because of the way his contract is set up, Solarte will remain on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster and enter salary arbitration. The 31-year-old infielder earned $4.125 million in 2018 while batting .226/.277/.378 with 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 122 games.
Oct 31 - 7:11 PM

Blue Jays exercised their $8 million club option on 1B Justin Smoak for 2019.

Smoak was a bit of a letdown this past season after his monstrous breakout showing in 2017, but he still finished with a decent .242/.350/.457 slash line and 25 home runs in 147 games. The 31-year-old will remain the Blue Jays' primary first baseman.
Oct 30 - 7:01 PM


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