Have you started seeing your favourite Blue Jays tweeters or Sportsnet journalists in a sunny place without snow? Well friends, that can only mean one thing… they are in Dunedin for Spring Training!
With Spring Training starting, means updates on players (and now rules) throughout the entire MLB.
These past few weeks have been quite eventful in Blue Jays land, and I’m going to recap the ins and outs for you right now.
- Casey Lawrence will be starting on Saturday (today) against the Atlanta Braves in Disney(!).
- Joe Biagini starts on Sunday (tomorrow) for the Jays Spring Training home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Marcus Stroman starts on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:07pm.
- Mat Latos was scheduled to start on Monday, but since Gibbons has given Stroman the go ahead, I assume Latos would start on Tuesday.
- Tulowitkzki is getting an extra week of training and will not be playing until next week.
- Russel Martins’ plan for Spring Training is limited catching (giving the other guys some chance to get familiar with all of the pitchers) and he will be playing a lot of DH. I am not exactly sure how that factors into Kendrys Morales, though.
As of right now, those are all of the Spring Training updates. This post will be updated when new things come up. Just like during the regular season, I will be live tweeting all of the televised Spring Training games (at least the ones that are on during the weekend)! Follow me here to live tweet along with me!
This week seemed to be very busy for myself (with exams), as well as the Toronto Blue Jays (at least when it comes to minor league players).
Last January I did weekly roundups for the Jays and all of the action that was happening in the front office. While last offseason may have been slightly more exciting than this current one, I thought it would be fun to pick back up a reader favourite feature.
The Blue Jays signed 31-year-old backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor league one-year, $1.25-million free-agent contract on Tuesday, with incentives that could bring the value to $1.5M. I actually predicted this about a month ago, so I was quite thrilled to hear this!
The Jays also added more catching depth by claiming Juan Graterol off of waivers from Angels. This will be his fourth team that he has moved to in the past two weeks (… YIKES!).
The final move of the week was signing infielder Gregorio Petit to a minor league deal with an invite to big league spring training camp.
FYI, former Blue Jays player Josh Thole agreed to a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hopefully by this time next week, the Jays will have a pitcher to provide some bullpen depth.
Don’t forget… 17 DAYS UNTIL PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT!!!!
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This weeks BlueJays weekly roundup post is going to be rather short for 2 reasons. One, I made a few blog posts this week about some events in the BlueJays and baseball world. Two, not much happened this week!
Something most of you probably heard about was the Kawasaki White Sox deal. Munenori Kawasaki signed a minor league with the Chicago Cubs! Here’s an interesting point: On December 11th, the Blue Jays signed Darwin Barney to a one-year $1.050 million MLB contract. Then the Jays claimed pitcher Joe Biagini in the Rule V Draft and he was given number 66. Um, that’s Kawasaki’s number!
This week also concluded the 2016 Winter Tour. Upper Canada Mall would have been a great place for myself to have met them, although I wasn’t available.
I hope that you are all enjoying my blog! I have gotten a ton of good feedback, and I’m glad that you are all enjoying it!
Don’t forget to answer this months trivia questions in the comments below or tweet me the answer on twitter (@aalyssacohen)!
Catch you in the Rogers Centre!
Hilden, Hal. “Blue Jays Losses: What Cubs Are Getting in Munenori Kawasaki.” Jays Journal Blue Jays Losses What Cubs Are Getting in Munenori Kawasaki Comments. Jays Journal, 23 Jan. 2016. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.
Good evening everyone!
As I write this it is currently late Saturday (yesterday) night, but I feel that writing at night is when I feel most motivated and inspired! Before I begin, I would like to again thank you all for the amazing love, support and feedback on this blog! It has been amazing writing for everyone in this community, and I really love it!
This week, I’m going to be starting a new feature on my blog called the “BlueJays Weekly Roundup”! Basically, every week I will be sharing some of the highlights or interesting things that happened to our favourite Toronto BlueJays!
Something I’ve been loving this week (I’m currently listening to it right now) is the song “These Days” by Mike Stud feat. Marcus Stroman. You read that right… The BlueJays future Ace is now rapping! If you haven’t heard the song listen to it when you’re done reading this, you won’t regret it! Mike Stud (the main rapper) is best friends with Marcus Stroman and they met when they were arranged roommates at Duke University. According to Stud, Stroman was with him through it all and understands him the most. Marcus Stroman’s verse in the song is amazing, especially if you’re a BlueJays fan!
I’ve also been enjoying the BlueJays Birds Nest Podcast! It’s available for free on iTunes, and you can subscribe to it here.
Yesterday, I found out that one of my favourite places to buy Authentic Toronto BlueJays clothes is leaving my local mall, and they were having a HUGE sale… I couldn’t resist. I bought a really cute Baseball style shirt that I’d actually never seen before. It’s really cute, and fits really nicely.
Now, to get into the official side of the Toronto BlueJays.
On Friday, I made a post on the BlueJays players who filed for arbitration and the one (Josh Donaldson), who is going for a hearing for only $450k. If you want to read more about this, you can read it here.
Another major deal that was made just over a week ago was the Ben Revere/Drew Storen deal. I found out about this deal last Saturday (I believe that was the day it was official) at around 11:30pm. I KID YOU NOT, my BlueJays senses were tingling, and I hadn’t checked Twitter all day. I just had to check it… apparently the whole country was talking about it without me. Needless to say I was high on energy and went to bed way later than I should have after hearing about the trade… but it was Saturday, parents! I ran into my parents’s room and broke the news, although they’d been sleeping for over an hour, I couldn’t resist telling them! If you didn’t know my Mom is a HUGE BlueJays fan and was actually among the crowd of the 1993 World Series game where the Joe Carter hit the homerun, and the BlueJays won it all. It’ll happen this year, I assure you! Back on track. I’m still not sure how I feel about this deal. I actually ran a Twitter pole that night, and over 65% of the people who voted thought that we (the BlueJays) had the better end of the deal. Drew Storen was a great reliever for the Nationals, so I guess the deal was good. Although, Ben Revere was one of the “happiest baseball players” and I was really sad that we traded him. Earlier in the off-season, people were speculating that Kevin Pillar would be among a big trade, but I’d rather Pillar stay on our team than Revere anyday. Normally at this point I’d compare stats, but I don’t think it’s fair to compare a National League Pitcher/Reliever to an American League Outfielder. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the deal in the comments below!
Rumors have been spreading this past week about Texas Rangers RHP, Yovani Gallardo. If the BlueJays ending up getting him, I think that we would have enough pitchers on our team to start the season. Gallardo has an ERA of 3.42, and a total WHIP of 1.42. I’m not sure if the BlueJays are “officially” in the running for Gallardo, but these are just rumors and that’s what rumors are for!
Finally, a main point in this week’s BlueJays Discussion… Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Both are possible Free Agents after the 2016 season ends, although I don’t think that any BlueJays fan wants to see that future become a reality. With contracts like Chris Davis’, both could get loads of money in Free Agency. Encarnacion’s agents rumored to tell the BlueJays organization that Encarnacion wants an offer before Spring Training, or else he won’t be with them in 2017. Encarnacion was also reportedly talking to BlueJays staff this week about the situation, although no outcomes have been heard. Jose Bautista is rumored to start discussing with the BlueJays about his optional contract extension this upcoming week. Bautista’s agent put out this statement a few weeks ago, “If the Blue Jays want Jose back, he’d be very happy to end his career there but if they don’t want him, he will become a free agent,” Alou said, essentially explaining how a baseball negotiation works. “He’d be very happy to stay in Toronto. We’ll see what happens. We’ll see if Toronto wants to keep him. Jose is a hard worker. He works harder than anyone on the team.’’ I’m not very happy with his last comment, but I’ll get over it. If the statement is true, I’m sure they’ll be able to workout a deal. Besides, I’m sure all of Canada wants him to stay on the team as long as possible!
To end off today’s post, I thought that I would share some exciting news! NBA just put out the info for the NBA All-Star Basketball Game, hosted in Toronto (woooooo!) and Jose Bautista will be coaching the Canadian team, alongside “6ix God” Drake! I can’t wait to see how it unveils!
That is it for my first BlueJays Weekly Roundup! I hope you all enjoyed it!
Catch you in the Rogers Centre!