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  • Blue Jays, Wynton Bernard Agree To Minor League Contract

    The Blue Jays are signing outfielder Wynton Bernard to a minor league deal, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (on Twitter). The 32-year-old will be in big league Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. Bernard has spent over a decade in the professional ranks. Initially a 35th-round pick of the Padres in 2012, the Niagara product landed…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Wynton Bernard
  • Rogers Centre Moving The Fences In

    The Toronto Blue Jays are making their already hitter-friendly stadium (Rogers Centre) even more hitter-friendly going forward. Per sources, the right center field alley is moving in from 375 feet to 357 feet. The left center alley will move in from 375 feet to 366 feet, while center field will move in from 400 feet to 397 feet. The lines are expected to stay the same at 328 feet. This obviously will benefit all the Blue Jays hitters moving forward, while at the same time making Toronto an even scarier place for pitchers. Defensively, center field at Rogers Centre will become much more challenging. Along with the fences being shortened in certain sections, some parts of the outfield wall will also be raised.

    Jan 21 · Source via Blue Jays
  • Blue Jays Outright Junior Fernandez

    The Blue Jays announced that reliever Junior Fernández has gone unclaimed on waivers. He’s been assigned outright to Triple-A Buffalo. He’d been designated for assignment last week after Toronto finalized the acquisition of starter Zach Thompson from Pittsburgh. Fernández has bounced around a bit over the past few months. Initially an amateur signee of the Cardinals in…

    Jan 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Junior Fernandez
  • Santiago Espinal Settles at $2.1 Million

    The Toronto Blue Jays and infielderSantiago Espinalagreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. The 28-year-old has established himself as a vital component of the Blue Jays organization as a utility infielder. He spent the bulk of 2022 at second base but also saw some reps at shortstop and third. His bat has become a weapon after slashing .267/.322/.370 with a .692 OPS that earned him an all-star spot. Although the Blue Jays acquiredWhit Merrifieldlast season, Merrifield had no issue getting some outfield reps. If Espinal can match the numbers he posted this past season, he should be a solid fantasy option with position eligibility at second, shortstop, and third base in 2023.

    Jan 14 · Source via Blue Jays Santiago Espinal
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Gets $14.5 To Avoid Arbitration

    The Toronto Blue Jays and first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $14.5 million deal. Guerrero is coming off back-to-back All-Star seasons for the Blue Jays. He finished second in the American League MVP voting in 2021 but took a slight step back in 2022. The 23-year-old remains one of the best power hitters in the game in a hitter-friendly environment and a potent lineup, though, and he finished 2022 with a .274/.339/.480 slash line, .818 OPS, 32 home runs, 97 RBI, 90 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 706 plate appearances over 160 games. The 23-year-old has gotten his body right and it has paid off, as he's missed just three games the last two seasons.

    Jan 13 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Blue Jays, Cavan Biggio Avoid Arbitration

    The Toronto Blue Jays and infielder Cavan Biggio avoided salary arbitration on Friday by coming to an agreement on a one-year, $2.8 million deal. The 27-year-old son of former second baseman Craig Biggio hit just .202/.318/.350 with a career-low .668 OPS, six home runs, 24 RBI, 43 runs scored and two stolen bases in 303 plate appearances and 97 games for the blue Jays in 2022. Biggio has regressed since his rookie season with Toronto in 2019 and has slashed a weak .213/.320/.353 with 13 home runs, 51 RBI and five stolen bases combined in the last two seasons. But he still will have fantasy appeal in deep mixed and AL-only leagues as a utility infielder in a strong Blue Jays lineup heading into next season.

    Jan 13 · Source via Blue Jays Cavan Biggio
  • Daulton Varsho To Make $3.05 Million In Toronto

    The Toronto Blue Jays and catcher/outfielder Daulton Varsho avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.05 million deal on Friday. The Blue Jays upgraded their outfield depth and added a much-needed left-handed bat to their potent lineup when they acquired Varsho from the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason. In just his third big-league season in 2022 with the D-backs, he hit .235/.302/.443 with a .745 OPS, career-high 27 home runs, 74 RBI, 79 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 592 plate appearances and 151 games played. The 26-year-old provides defensive versatility at catcher and in left field, but he's expected to be Toronto's regular left fielder in 2023. The power-speed combination and the move to one of the better lineups in baseball have skyrocketed Varsho's fantasy value heading into next season.

    Jan 13 · Source via Blue Jays Daulton Varsho
  • Jay Jackson Signs Deal With Blue Jays

    The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent right-hander Jay Jackson to a minor-league deal on Wednesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Jackson became a free agent in November after he was outrighted to the minors by the Atlanta Braves. The 35-year-old only pitched in 1 1/3 innings at the major-league level in 2022 for the Braves, and he has a 4.21 ERA (4.16 FIP) and 1.32 WHIP with 80 strikeouts and 31 walks in 57 2/3 innings over 59 career MLB appearances (one start) over four seasons. Jackson will attempt to win a major-league roster spot out of spring training for Toronto as low-leverage bullpen depth.

    Jan 11 · Source via Blue Jays Jay Jackson closers
  • Julian Merryweather Designated For Assignment

    The Toronto Blue Jays have designated right-handed reliever Julian Merryweather for assignment, per a tweet from the American League East team's official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. Toronto made the move in order to clear space on the club's 40-man roster for new signing Brandon Belt. Merryweather has appeared in parts of three seasons with the Blue Jays, logging 52.2 innings in the Majors since the start of the 2020 campaign. He pitched to a 6.75 ERA and a 4.35 FIP in 26 appearances spanning 26.2 innings for Toronto this past season. In those 26.2 innings, the reliever logged 23 strikeouts compared to seven walks allowed while also registering a hold.

    Jan 11 · Source via Blue Jays Julian Merryweather closers
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