is back with the Blue Jays after signing a three-year deal
for $36 million in free agency.J.A. Happ
pitched against the Blue Jays for the first time in Seattle July 25 after being traded to the Mariners for outfielder Michael Saunders
New thread time.
The Oakland Aís traded for Jed Lowrie, just 11 months after he signed a 3-year contract with the Houston Astros, and he may become the teamís new shortstop given Marcus Semienís defensive problems last year.
Interim GM Tony LaCava has made his first trade, which is also the first trade of Mark Shapiro's tenure as President.
The Jays have acquired Jesse Chavez from the Oakland Athletics. Liam Hendriks, Toronto's favourite Aussie, is headed to Oakland.
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson
is the winner
of the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player award.Josh Donaldson
is the second Blue Jay to capture the AL MVP award after George Bell
won it in 1987.
says the Blue Jays will be without
second baseman Devon Travis
for the first part of the 2016 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.Devon Travis
batted .304 with eight home runs and 35 runs batted in over 217 at-bats with Toronto in 2015.
For 2016 I think we all want to see the Jays with guys at every position who could be the best in the game at that position. Especially with the pitching issues. So where do we see it and where could the Jays use a Tulo upgrade?
So a few things have happened...
Some Arizona Fall League notes and other happenings on the farm.Rowdy Tellez
belted his fourth home run of the season in the AFL earlier this week. (Image from MiLB.com
Not a shock to anyone, but David Price is one of 3 finalists for the Cy Young and Josh Donaldson is one of the top 3 for MVP.
Traditional winter activities have always included arguing about the Hall of Fame.
The Blue Jays are willing to hand over $15.8 million to Marco Estrada for 2016 by giving him a qualifying offer
posted a record of 13-8 with a 3.13 earned run average in 2015 for Toronto. He also went 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in the playoffs. (Image from Toronto Sun
The National Post
spoke to Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro
about his desire
to upgrade the team's spring training facilities. The team's lease with Dunedin expires at the end of 2017.
Dunedin has been the Blue Jays spring training home since its expansion year of 1977. (Image from @diamondperday
The Arizona Fall League is holding its Fall Stars Game
this Saturday. One Blue Jays prospect is in the game and you can help another get there as well.Rowdy Tellez
is hoping Jays fans step up and get him to the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game. (Image from TorontoObserver.com
The new boss at his introductory presser. Items of interest: 1) Tony LaCava is the interim GM; 2) he's not wedded to the five-year limit, says he can envisage longer deals for a player in the right circumstances. Doesn't believe in absolutes.
Said all the right things, as you'd expect from an experienced pro, and expressed a lot of enthusiasm.
So here's what happened...
We have a once-proud franchise, one that had been scuffling on the
margins of irrelevance for more than a decade despite the
presence on their playing roster of some truly outstanding players. All else having failed, team ownership decided to entrust the
team to a hometown boy. It's an internal promotion - the new guy had
been an assistant to the outgoing general manager. The new
GM slowly assembles the talent required to make this team a contender.
There are setbacks along the way - it took a few years to find the right manager, there were some trades that didn't work out, there were some unique
issues with team ownership. Eventually, however, in his sixth year on
the job - thanks in large part to a key trade and fuelled by a remarkable second half hot streak - it all came together in a 93 win season that ended, alas, with a memorable showdown against the eventual World Series champs.
Naturally, said GM isn't going to see a seventh year on the job.
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