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...it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
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So the World Baseball Classic (WBC) is upon us soon and 10 Jays are going.
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The off-season slog continues but we're getting closer to Spring Training.


Marcus Stroman and his fellow Blue Jays pitchers report to Dunedin, along with the catchers, on Valentine's Day.(Image from The Globe and Mail)
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Steve Ewen of The Vancouver Province says new turf may be installed at Nat Bailey Stadium in 2017 due to some bad hops in the infield.


The infield may have a different look at Nat Bailey Stadium this upcoming season.
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It's a boring time of year for baseball. Joey Bats is back with the Jays, Mark Trumbo is back with the Orioles. Not a whole lot else going on.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have rounded out its minor league managing and coaching staffs for the 2017 season. The most notable move sees Blue Jays legend Devon White (or Whyte) becoming the new hitting coach of the Buffalo Bisons.


Devon White will be in charge of the Blue Jays Triple-A hitters in 2017.
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It appears that Jose Bautista is coming back on a one, or two, or one plus an option year deal. Details are yet to be confirmed but it seems as though both sides want the deal to happen. The first year salary will be for more than $17.2M.
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It's very quiet out there. Hello there in the RC, is anybody home?

So it seems like baseball has settled into a big game of chicken. The front offices are holding out for falling demands and the players and agents are hoping for 2016 money. Meanwhile we debate the 25th spot on the roster while the silence engulfs us, deeper and deeper. Maybe this is all a plot by Martin Scorcese to publicize his new Silence movie.

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A few things of note in the Blue Jays minor league system. The Bluefield Blue Jays will continue to play ball at Bowen Field in 2017 and 2018 after the club agreed to a two-year extension of its Player Development Contract with Toronto. Bluefield joins Buffalo, New Hampshire, Lansing and Vancouver in having their stays extended for the next two seasons.


The Bluefield Blue Jays have been affiliated with Toronto since the 2011 campaign.
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Yup, he's gone. 3 years $55 mil with a $25 mil option ($5 mil buyout). If year 4 isn't taken then he gets a total of $60 mil. If all 4 years happen he makes $80 mil just like the Jays offered.
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Its almost here. Will Santa have any gifts for his favourite baseball team? Did Shapkins ask for an outfielder or a reliever, or both?
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The winter meetings are over and the Blue Jays still have holes to fill. With two weeks until Christmas will the Jays act before the holidays?
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The winter meetings are being held this week in Washington. Steve Pearce is a Blue Jay. Mitch Moreland is not, yet.
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The final reveal! We have a top 10 list that looks a lot like last year's edition. Eight players return along with two new draftees. Max Pentecost and D.J. Davis hightail it out of the top 10.

We hope you enjoyed this year's list. A big thank you goes out to #2JBrumfield, sam and Thomas for helping select the top 30 and preparing the player stats and descriptions.

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Day two of prospecting takes us to the numbers 11 through 20 prospects.
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