Blue Jays acquire Ngoepe from Bucs

November 20, 2017

TORONTO — Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins was a busy man in advance of Monday night’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. He pulled off a minor trade and parted ways with three players, as the club attempted to reshape its 40-man roster in preparation for next month’s Winter Meetings. Prospects not added to the 40-man roster by 8 p.m. ET on Monday are eligible to…

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Blue Jays' Davis among AFL's breakout prospects

November 20, 2017

There is plenty of crossover between Rosenbaum’s list and this one, and there certainly will be some from the alphabetical list below who will end up on Callis’ group as well. Albert Abreu, RHP, Yankees’ No. 7 prospect: If he’s in New York’s top 10, he obviously wasn’t completely off the radar, and he was a big part of the Brian McCann deal. But after just 53 1/3 innings in…

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Clemens tops 7 Blue Jays on HOF ballot

November 20, 2017

The official induction announcement will take place at 6 p.m. ET on Jan. 24 and will be made available on MLB Network and MLB.com. The Hall of Fame weeekend is then set for Cooperstown, N.Y., next summer, with the official ceremony on July 29. None of the players in next year’s class are really representative of the Blue Jays, but that will change in 2019 when Roy Halladay is eligible…

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Halladay was everybody's hero

November 8, 2017

Halladay knew who he was on the mound. Doc. pic.twitter.com/yZsWGfq4kf — MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017 Statistics fail to capture that sort of thing, the aura Halladay had, the towering character that made pitchers want to be him and hitters want to learn from him. But there is a statistic I think of now. In 2003, when he first seemed to grasp his powers as a pitcher, Halladay struck out…

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Baseball world mourns Halladay's passing

November 8, 2017

Commissioner Rob Manfred“All of us at Baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game and a Postseason no-hitter. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to…

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Stroman wins first AL Gold Glove Award

November 8, 2017

Stroman became the 10th Blue Jays player to win a Gold Glove Award and the first since R.A. Dickey in 2013. The former second baseman at Duke University ranked second among AL pitchers with five defensive runs saved in ’17 and is known for his speed and athleticism while fielding off the mound. Unreal! #GOLD @BlueJays @HDMHApparel https://t.co/H57gjK5M3V — Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) November 8, 2017 This was a breakout season…

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RIP, Doc: 'Your favorite player's favorite player'

November 7, 2017

• Chooch ‘truly devastated’ “Doc” Halladay, one of the most dominant and competitive pitchers of his generation — and one of the most kind-hearted and self-effacing human beings — died at the age of 40 on Tuesday afternoon when the ICON A5 he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast. Tributes rolled in from across baseball for a right-hander who established himself in 12 seasons…

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Toronto could seek impact arm, bat in FA market

November 6, 2017

• Hot Stove Tracker With multiple holes to fill, expect Toronto to be active early once again this fall. Indeed, the first domino fell when the team officially declined to pick up Jose Bautista‘s option for 2018. The General Manager Meetings in Orlando, Fla., are approximately two weeks away, and it likely won’t take much longer than that to see what direction the Blue Jays are going in. Free agents:…

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