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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays and Yankees have both expressed interest in a reunion with free agent J.A. Happ.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman made his interest public Monday in an interview with the New York Post, adding that he had already spoken to Happ's agent. The veteran left-hander registered a sharp 3.65 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 193/51 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings (31 starts) this past season between Toronto and New York. He is 36 but should easily find a multi-year deal on the open market this winter.
Nov 6 - 3:57 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde is a candidate for the managerial opening with the Blue Jays.

Morosi adds that it's unclear whether he's already had a formal interview, but he has been a part of the team's internal discussions. Hyde is a popular name as the moment, as he's already been interviewed for jobs with the Twins, Rangers, and Angels. The Blue Jays began their interview process with a series of phone interviews based off a lengthy list of candidates are are expected to move on to in-person interviews this week.
Oct 16 - 9:35 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Blue Jays will receive prospect right-hander Julian Merryweather as the player to be named later in the Josh Donaldson deal.

Merryweather hasn't cleared waivers, so don't expect an official announcement until after the season. The 26-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery back in March and will likely still be in rehab mode early next year. Merryweather had a 5.32 ERA and 128/35 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings last season between Double- and Triple-A.
Sep 4 - 9:00 PM

Tigers acquired RHP Nick Tepesch from the Blue Jays for cash and assigned him to Double-A Erie.

Some veteran pitching depth for the Tigers should they need it down the stretch. Tepesch has made 44 big-league starts (and three relief appearances) since 2013, going 10-20 with a 4.71 ERA.
Aug 8 - 9:05 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Ken Giles is part of the package the Astros will send to the Blue Jays for Roberto Osuna.

Giles was sent down to the minors a couple weeks ago after another blowup outing when he also appeared to curse at manager A.J. Hinch after he was pulled. While the volatile reliever has had his ups and downs, he boasts a 2.79 ERA with 367 strikeouts over 274 2/3 innings in his career and is under team control through 2020. Giles seems likely to take over as the Blue Jays' closer at some point, though perhaps not right away.
Jul 30 - 5:25 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Blue Jays have interest in Brandon Drury.

Drury, 25, has been limited to just 18 games this year with the Yankees, and he's hit just .176 with a homer in 57 plate appearances this year. Sherman points out that Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins has long been a fan of Drury, and that Cleveland evaluators who come from the Atkins' executive tree nearly obtained his services before the Yankees did. It's not clear if Drury could be involved in the rumored JA Happ trade, but on paper, it makes some sense.
Jul 25 - 11:03 PM

Red Sox acquired 1B/OF Steve Pearce from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league INF Santiago Espinal.

The Red Sox will also receive "cash considerations." Pearce hits left-handers well (.306 AVG vs. southpaws this season) and should be a good complement to Mitch Moreland at first base. He'll fill the Hanley Ramirez role, though the 35-year-old can also play the outfield if needed. Meanwhile Espinal has hit .313 with seven homers and nine steals at High-A Salem this year. When Pearce suits up for the Red Sox, he'll have played for all five teams in the American League East. With Toronto unlikely to make the postseason, look for the Jays to make more moves ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Jun 28 - 10:38 PM

Seung Hwan Oh has passed his physical with the Blue Jays, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.

The deal, which is reportedly worth $2 million guaranteed, should be official soon. Oh reached an agreement with the Rangers a couple of weeks back, but it fell through due to issues with his physical, specifically a diagnosis of right elbow ligament inflammation. It isn't considered serious and obviously didn't get in the way of a deal with the Blue Jays coming together. If healthy, Oh should pitch in a set-up capacity with Toronto.
Feb 26 - 2:47 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays have an agreement in place with free agent right-hander Seung Hwan Oh.

The deal is pending a physical. The Rangers had agreed to a contract with him a few weeks ago, but things fell through due to issues with his physical. He has been diagnosed with right elbow ligament inflammation, though it isn't considered to be serious. Given the current status of the Jays' bullpen, Oh could conceivably work his way into a setup role in front of Roberto Osuna in relatively short order if he pitches well this spring.
Feb 25 - 11:18 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are "showing continued interest" in Andrew Cashner.

Morosi says that Cashner is among the many hurlers the Jays are considering and that they "hope to land a veteran starter on a one-year deal." Cashner posted a 3.40 ERA over 28 starts for the Rangers last season and is just 31, but his strikeout rate was way down and it wouldn't be a surprise if he had to settle for a one-year contract with the way the market is going. The Orioles are another club that's been connected to Cashner.
Feb 9 - 10:17 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers remain in contact with Carlos Gomez.

More accurately put, Gomez is remaining in contact with the Rangers. Grant says the 32-year-old free agent outfielder recently took a helicopter ride to have a face-to-face meeting with Rangers GM Jon Daniels and other members of the organization. He's coming off a season in which he hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers and 13 steals in 105 games. The Giants and Blue Jays have also been rumored landing spots for Gomez, although that was before both teams acquired outfielders -- Andrew McCutchen and Randal Grichuk, respectively -- so their level of interest has probably waned.
Jan 24 - 4:04 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays have shown interest in free agent starter Chris Tillman.

Tillman is probably going to have to settle for a one-year contract -- maybe even a non-guaranteed minor league deal -- after struggling to a 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and 63/51 K/BB ratio in 93 innings last season with the Orioles. The 29-year-old right-hander has also drawn mild interest from the Twins and Tigers this winter, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested earlier this month that Baltimore could have some interest in bringing him back. Tillman held a 3.81 ERA in 844 2/3 innings with the O's between 2012-2016.
Jan 24 - 11:58 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays have signed Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical and also includes incentives. Granderson will turn 37 in March and really struggled down the stretch with the Dodgers last season, finishing with a .212/.323/.452 batting line. However, he did pop 26 home runs and still draws plenty of walks. He'll be used in left or right field (or both) against right-handed pitching.
Jan 15 - 9:10 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe lists the Nationals, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Braves and Rangers as appearing "to have some interest" in Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Some of those names are known, but the Blue Jays and Rangers are new to the party. Of course, "appear to have some interest" leaves plenty of room for interpretation. The Marlins are aiming high in their ask, as they should, so any interested would have to make it worth their while. There's more smoke than before regarding a potential Yelich trade, but it's still far from a sure thing that the 26-year-old gets moved this winter.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 6 - 10:02 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports the Blue Jays have acquired third baseman Yangervis Solarte from the Padres.

FanRag Sports' Robert Murray says the return is Edward Olivares and a "small second piece." Solarte batted a fairly pedestrian .255/.314/.416 in 2017, but he's a versatile defender and a better hitter than last year's line suggests. The Jays don't seemingly have a need for the 30-year-old at the positions at which he's most comfortable, so the questions around Josh Donaldson's future will surely flare back up now.
Jan 6 - 4:32 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays, Orioles, Giants and Mets are among the teams that have shown interest in Carlos Gonzalez.

The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo, although it doesn't appear that they view him as a priority at this point. Heyman notes that Gonzalez might be best off taking a one-year "pillow" contract in hopes of re-establishing his value following a disappointing showing in 2017. The 32-year-old batted .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for the Rockies last season.
Jan 5 - 11:00 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Josh Harrison is drawing "considerable interest" on the trade market.

Biertempfel notes that the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Mets have all come forward to inquire about landing Harrison from the Pirates. The Yankees have also shown interest in Bucs ace Gerrit Cole, so it might make sense for the two come over together in the right deal. Harrison slashed .272/.339/.432 last season with 16 homers and 12 steals. The versatile 30-year-old can play multiple positions and is controlled through 2020 at a reasonable rate.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 10:10:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants and Blue Jays have spoken to the White Sox about a potential trade for Avisail Garcia.

Nightengale notes that there is "nothing close" at this point, but many in the industry -- including a number of beat writers who cover the White Sox -- believe Garcia will be on the move this winter. The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in 136 games while earning his first All-Star nod. The issue for a team like San Francisco -- and other clubs in the NL -- is that Garcia is a dreadful defender in the outfield.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 01:29:00 PM
Mitch Nay - 3B - Reds

Reds selected 3B Mitch Nay from the Blue Jays in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Nay, a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 out of an Arizona high school, struggled to the tune of a .222/.265/.393 batting line in 61 games with Low-A Lansing this past season. The 24-year-old corner infielder is a non-prospect.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:10:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

It's been a slow-moving offseason for Cain, but the same can be said for many other free agent position players. The 31-year-old should eventually score a nice deal after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games with Kansas City in 2017. Heyman says Toronto would prefer a four-year contract.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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