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The Jays have a logjam of infielders and need pitching so today they traded Aledmys Diaz to the Astros for AAA RHP Trent Thornton. Thornton is a riser in the Astros system who wasn't a top 30 prospect a year ago but who had a break out 2018.
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Numerous reports say the Jays will hire Charlie Montoyo as their new manager. The hiring of Montoyo is a bit unexpected as he was the oldest candidate under consideration, 53 years old, and appeared to be the least up to date with modern analytics. Montoyo played four major league games and had five at-bats, all for the Expos. Montoyo had a long minor league career followed by a long minor league managing career.
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The non-waiver trade deadline has concluded. The Jays dealt two more relievers today, but Tyler Clippard and Curtis Granderson, as well as Yangervis Solarte and Josh Donaldson, stayed put (for now).
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The Jays have acquired Randall Grichuk from the Cardinals for Conner Greene and Dominic Leone.
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The Blue Jays continued to build their infield depth by trading for Yangervis Solarte.
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Roy Halladay did today in a plane crash. He was the pilot and lone occupant. Roy was one of the Blue Jay greats with a tremendous story of struggle and renewal. His journey down to A ball from the major leagues, his re-making his delivery and his return to success was a great story and an inspiration to many young pitchers.
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2:30 pm: The Blue Jays have traded Francisco Liriano to Houston for outfielder Nori Aoki and prospect Teoscar Hernandez. Itís a better return for Liriano than I expected; probably because the Jays are also taking on Aokiís remaining salary in 2017.
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With the season just 60 hours away the Jays have made their final roster decisions, and there are some surprises.
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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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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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