MLB Rumors: Casey Janssen

Janssen done with Jays? 

October, 6, 2014
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The Toronto Blue Jays finished over .500 this season for the first time since 2010, so there's reason for optimism as the team starts its planning for 2015. However, one area where the team may be looking to make a big change is at closer.

Janssen's time with Jays ending? 

September, 5, 2014
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Over the past three seasons, Casey Janssen has recorded 77 saves for the Toronto Blue Jays. However, it's beginning to look like that total won't get too much higher, as the writing is clearly on the wall that the free-agent-to-be will be wearing another uniform come 2015.

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Closer controversy in Toronto? 

September, 1, 2014
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When Aaron Sanchez recorded a six-out save for Toronto on Saturday, it raised questions about whether Casey Janssen is still the Blue Jays closer. Who will take the ball in the ninth for the Jays over the final month of the regular season?

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Blue Jays pen cause for concern? 

April, 18, 2014
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All major league teams lose games from time to time, but it's the rare loss that leaves a manager in a state of utter disbelief. That's what happened to John Gibbons and his Toronto Blue Jays in what Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio is calling an "historic collapse."

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Happ's return not happening yet? 

April, 13, 2014
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Pitcher J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays is just about ready to return to the major leagues after making two minor-league rehab starts following a stint on the disabled list due to a lower back problem. However, the timing of Happ's recovery doesn't appear to work for the Blue Jays.

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How Janssen injury impacts the Jays 

March, 31, 2014
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Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen landed on the disabled list Sunday with a left abdominal and lower back strain, opening up some potential save opportunities for Sergio Santos.

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Kimbrel locked in for Atlanta 

February, 16, 2014
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Not only did the Atlanta Braves avoid arbitration with closer Craig Kimbrel by agreeing to terms on a new contract on Sunday, but they put an end to trade rumors for quite some time as the four-year deal could keep the pitcher under team control through 2018.

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Janssen will stay; who goes in Toronto? 

October, 5, 2013
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Don’t blame Casey Janssen for what was a lost season for the Toronto Blue Jays. The 32-year-old closer was successful on 34 of 36 save chances, the best conversion rate in club history, and posted a 0.99 WHIP.

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Jays: We're not trading Josh 

July, 18, 2013
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It's natural, and sensible, for fans and media to suggest and discuss the idea that any pending free agent on a club that isn't contending could be traded by the July 31 trade deadline. We've done just that here at Rumor Central for months regarding Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson. The club, however, says they have no plans to move Johnson, reported Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports Wednesday.

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Red Sox closer situation 

June, 21, 2013
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Another blown save for Andrew Bailey Thursday night has cost him his job as the Boston Red Sox's closer, tweets Evan Drellich, and skipper John Farrell's in-house options may be down to Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa. The club may be the contender most in need of help at the back end of their bullpen, perhaps only surpassed by the Detroit Tigers.

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Tigers still seek closer 

June, 16, 2013
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The Detroit Tigers are still looking for a closer, tweets CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler, but there aren't many available options at the moment.

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Relief options for Tigers, Red Sox 

May, 24, 2013
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Last week we learned that the Detroit Tigers were hard at work looking for bullpen help. With the news that Joel Hanrahan is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery, the Boston Red Sox also may be in the market for relief assistance.

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Jays' relief search urgent? 

April, 4, 2013
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The Toronto Blue Jays are still looking to add a relief pitcher and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted earlier this winter that the club wants a setup man capable of closing. Such an arm shouldn't be too difficult to find, but the free agent market has thinned of such veteran relievers with ninth-inning experience.

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Who needs a closer? 

March, 22, 2013
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The Detroit Tigers have been planning on giving prospect Bruce Rondon the first shot to serve as their closer in 2013, which means they'd be handing narrow leads to a 22-year-old with just nine games experience above Double-A baseball. This concept has drawn questions from fans and media, but the club is sticking to their guns, writes Lynn Henning of the Detroit News.

Such a stance kept the club from considering free agents Rafael Soriano, Ryan Madson, Joakim Soria and Kyle Farnsworth. The Tigers also decided against trading for Joel Hanrahan, who went to the Red Sox.

While former Giants closer Brian Wilson, who's recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, has been mentioned as a possibility, GM Dave Dombrowski told MLB.com's Jason Beck that Wilson wants to close -- and the Tigers can't make that promise right now.

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Replacing Rivera 

March, 10, 2013
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Now that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has made his future plans known this spring -- he'll be retiring at season's end -- what will the Yankees do about finding a replacement to the greatest closer in baseball history?

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