MLB Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays

Melky no longer an option for Jays? 

November, 29, 2014
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The Toronto Blue Jays' already impressive lineup looks even better following Friday night's blockbuster deal with the Oakland Athletics that brings Josh Donaldson north of the border.

“The acquisition now gives the Blue Jays one of the strongest trios of hitters in the majors as Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion all ranked in the top 10 in the AL in home runs in 2014 with a combined 98. On top of that, they added Russell Martin, who posted a .400 on-base percentage with the Pirates,” writes David Schoenfield of ESPN.com.

With the lineup even stronger, it calls into question whether the Jays still have the need or desire to bring back free agent left fielder Melky Cabrera, who hit .301 with a .458 slugging percentage last season. “With Donaldson now on board, perhaps the Jays set their sights on an outfielder with more modest salary demands,” suggests Mike Ziesberger of the Toronto Sun.

Jays looking to add Bruce? 

November, 26, 2014
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The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly have inquired about Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. As Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun writes, "currently, the Jays are ready to open with a platoon of Andy Dirks and Kevin Pillar in left to replace free agent Melky Cabrera," which could go long way towards explaining the interest.

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Could Melky stay in Toronto? 

November, 24, 2014
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Melky Cabrera turned down a $15.3 million qualifying offer last month, seemingly ending his tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays. But Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star says there is still a chance the outfielder could remain north of the border.

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Jays looking to steal Sandoval? 

November, 20, 2014
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Free agent Pablo Sandoval has had his meetings with the Boston Red Sox, but no deal was signed before he left. That could give the San Francisco Giants a glimmer of hope of retaining the third baseman, but it also opened the door slightly for another team to step in.

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Blue Jays next moves? 

November, 18, 2014
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The Toronto Blue Jays made quite the splash on Monday when news of a five-year, $82 million deal with catcher Russell Martin, pending results of a physical, came out. And even though the price tag was fairly high, the team may not yet be done making moves.

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Toronto exploring options at catcher? 

November, 12, 2014
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The Toronto Blue Jays have been rumored to be looking to upgrade at the catcher position for 2015, with an eye towards making a run at free agent Russell Martin to help accomplish that goal.

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Jays looking at Kendrick? 

November, 6, 2014
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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make some improvements at second base, where currently their options are limited to Ryan Goins, Jonathan Diaz and Maicer Izturis. Help could come via a trade with the Los Angeles Angels.

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Lind gone, Happ next? 

November, 3, 2014
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On Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays traded longtime first baseman Adam Lind to the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher Marco Estrada. Odds are good that the move won't be the last one the team makes this offseason, and the next one may come sooner rather than later.

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Cabrera moving on from Toronto? 

November, 2, 2014
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On Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays extended a qualifying offer to outfielder Melky Cabrera. However, it is expected that Cabrera, who has until November 10 to respond, will turn down the offer.

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Could Lind be traded quickly? 

October, 28, 2014
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With the official start of the hot stove season almost here, who will be the first team to fan the flames? Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests it could be the Toronto Blue Jays finding a new home for Adam Lind.

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Will Jays shop Mark Buehrle? 

October, 27, 2014
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The Toronto Blue Jays are willing to shop Mark Buehrle this winter, but the lefthander’s $19 million contract for 2015 “will likely be a deterrent unless the club is willing to assume part of it,” says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

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Jays intent on keeping Cabrera? 

October, 24, 2014
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After having hit .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, Melky Cabrera's chances of remaining with the team going forward seem to lie in the outfielder's own hands.

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Will Lind be back in Toronto? 

October, 23, 2014
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Because of Adam Lind's "team-friendly contract" which allows the Toronto Blue Jays to retain his services for 2015 at a $7.5 million price tag, it's expected that picking up his option is exactly what the team will do.

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AL East team-by-team Hot Stove preview 

October, 20, 2014
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With the World Series set to get under way Tuesday night, there are 28 other teams in the major leagues already looking ahead to 2015 in hopes that they might be playing for a championship next year at this time. Free agency doesn't officially kick in until five days after the champagne has been sprayed, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with potential moves that might help those clubs watching on television this year become the center of attention next October.

Over the next two weeks, we'll take a snapshot of each of the six MLB divisions and what teams might have in the works this offseason, beginning with today's look at the American League East.


Baltimore Orioles

Big decisions: The team is expected to buy out their option on Nick Markakis, and while they might make a qualifying offer to their AL home run champ Nelson Cruz, a long-term deal might be out of their price range.

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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.

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