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I finally got my copy of the Old Testament - the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2016. Let's delve into the chapter on the Blue Jays, shall we?

Anthony Alford leaped 17 spots from last year to snare Baseball America's #1 prospect ranking in the Blue Jays system. (Image from Toronto Star)
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It's spring training. Michael Saunders hit two home runs and Darwin Barney drove in five runs in a game, which is really fantastic!


... you know.

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When the trees gain colour as they sway in the breeze
When slivers of grass poke out from a trodden cold mud

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It's not that Corey Hart or that Corey Hart but Hart is among the three new additions to fill out the minor league coaching staffs which will see new skippers in Lansing and Vancouver for 2016.

John Schneider - with Juan Kelly at third base during a June 27 game in Vancouver - has a change of address for 2016.

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Well then.
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There's really not a whole lot happening...

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Tonight season ticket holders and other invitees will be at the Rogers Centre for the annual state of the franchise event which has been re-branded as "The Leadoff". Expect Mark Shapiro, Ross Atkins and John Gibbons to speak. In previous years the front office would answer some carefully selected and preapproved questions. I expect many of the questions this year will be about whether the Jays will re-sign Jose Bautista and EE. And the answer will be we would like to but it takes two sides to make a deal and we won't break the bank for any player, or words to that effect. I also expect some questions around the roles for Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna this year. I don;t feel confident we will get a straight answer to that.
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The Vancouver Canadians and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to extend their Player Development Contract for two more seasons.

The Vancouver Canadians flag will continue to fly under the Toronto Blue Jays banner for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have unveiled their new look for Spring Training.

The Blue Jays will use their alternate blue uniform with the difference being no name on the back. New is the blue maple leaf ball cap and a Florida spring training logo on both the cap and the uniform. (Image from @BlueJays)

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Welcome to the dead zone of the sports season. No more real football until next month, the hockey all-star break is approaching and we have to slog through a 29-day February before Spring Training arrives. Below the fold are some stories for your reading pleasure.

Ace will be back in Dunedin starting March 2. (Image from Tampa Bay Tribune)
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Eight Blue Jays have filed for salary arbitration with American League MVP Josh Donaldson headlining the list.

The Arby's Oven Mitt is surrounded by other mascots at a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game.
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The Blue Jays have traded Ben Revere to the Nationals for Drew Storen. The Jays trade from a surplus to fortify a weakness. Michael Saunders and Dalton Pompey are now the left fielders. Meanwhile Storen was unhappy backing up Papelbon. Who is the closer now in Toronto?
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Welcome to 2016, Bauxites! Not a whole heck of a lot is going on but there are some rumours for you to munch on.

Fernando Rodney pitches against Toronto at Safeco Field last July 25. The 38 year-old Dominican split last season with Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
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The final Vancouver Canadians photo thread of 2015.

Case-y at the Bat! Andrew Case with fellow reliever Michael Kraft during the September 6 pre-game warmup against Everett at Nat Bailey Stadium.

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In keeping with turkey leftovers, here are some extra photos of the Vancouver Canadians to feast your eyes upon from the last weekend of 2015.

Andrew Guillotte heads to the dugout after scoring the first run of the game against Everett September 5. Everett starter Jacob Brentz and Juan Kelly both look on.
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