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MLB.com'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

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet Canada reports that the Blue Jays are giving serious consideration to pursuing CC Sabathia.

Sabathia has a history with several of the Blue Jays front-office members from his time in Cleveland. He's coming off a year where he posted a 3.69 ERA in just under 149 innings for the Yankees, and pitched well for New York in the playoffs with a 2.37 ERA in four starts. Considering how limited the pitching market is and how expensive some of the "upper-echelon" starters will be in both cost and years, this could be a way to upgrade the Toronto rotation in economical fashion.
Source: Sportsnet
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 08:16:00 PM

Eduardo Nunez is drawing free agent interest from the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and "possibly Yankees," per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Nunez excelled in a utility role with the Giants and Red Sox in 2017, slashing .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games. He battled a knee injury down the stretch, but the versatile 30-year-old is expected to be 100 percent by the start of spring training in February.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 02:09:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Toronto is also reportedly in pursuit of Carlos Gonzalez. Gomez signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with the Rangers last offseason and went on to bat .255/.340/.462 with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games. The 32-year-old should be able to secure a multi-year deal this time around.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is drawing free agent interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Athletics, Orioles, and Phillies, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that the Giants, Royals, and Rays have also checked in. Gonzalez is probably so popular because many teams view him as a good buy-low option, but this much interest could obviously work to drive up his price. The 32-year-old outfielder batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for Colorado in 2017. He carried an outstanding .295/.353/.534 batting line between 2009-2016.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:01:00 PM

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Blue Jays met with free agent starter CC Sabathia on Tuesday.

Sabathia seemed poised for a return to the Yankees when the offseason began and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted Tuesday that the two parties remain in touch, but the Angels were reported to have interest on Sunday night and now the Jays are also in the mix. The veteran left-hander posted an impressive 3.69 ERA (122 ERA+) in 148 2/3 innings with New York in 2017.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 09:29:00 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Giants, Royals, Athletics, Rays, and Blue Jays are among the teams believed to be keeping an eye on free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

There hasn't been much chatter about Gonzalez, but teams could look at him as a reasonable buy-low possibility. The thought is that he'll sign a short-term deal in hopes of reestablishing his value. The 32-year-old batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 homers over 534 plate appearances in 2017.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:22:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Rockies and Blue Jays are also interested in Marcell Ozuna.

Add them to the list along with the Rangers, Cardinals, and Nationals, among others. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Marlins are trying to trade Ozuna and reliever Junichi Tazawa in order to get their payroll in the $85-90 million range. Tazawa had a rough first season with the Marlins and is owed $7 million next year, so they might try to pair Ozuna with him in order to shed his salary. There's enough chatter with Ozuna to suggest that a deal could get done this week.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:55:00 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets, Rockies, Blue Jays and Mariners "are among the teams eyeing" Jay Bruce.

It's been reported previously that the Mets were interested in a reunion with Bruce, and the Blue Jays have seemingly been eyeing the outfielder for a few years now. Bruce is reportedly looking for a five-year, $80-90 million contract this offseason, although he's surely going to have to come down from those demands. The 30-year-old batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI last season.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:55:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Blue Jays have interest in Josh Harrison.

Brink also confirms a previous report of the Mets having interest in Harrison and adds that the Angels "would make sense" as a landing spot. Harrison would give Toronto some protection for the injury-prone Devon Travis at second base and also would be an option at third should the team wind up trading Josh Donaldson. The 30-year-old had a solid bounce-back season in 2017 and is under team control at reasonable rates through 2020.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 02:23:00 PM


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