Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Jays decline option on Gregg

The Blue Jays had some of the most desirable bullpen arms on the trade market, instead, they held on to them. Now they have none.

Toronto declined its option on closer Kevin Gregg. Its setup men, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor, are eligible for free agency. The team is expected to offer both the lefty Downs and righty Frasor arbitration, as both are Type A free agents. As a Type A, the Blue Jays would receive two compensatory draft picks each if the players turn down arbitration and sign elsewhere.

Gregg is a Type B free agent (one compensatory pick). The Blue Jays had a one-year option worth $5.25 million and a two-year option worth $9.5 million for the next two seasons. His buyout was worth $750,000.

Gregg had a 3.51 ERA and 37 saves last season, his first in Toronto.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 9:12 am
 

Jays acquire Olivo, decline option

Miguel Olivo The Rockies have traded catcher Miguel Olivo to the Blue Jays for a player to be named, the Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports (via Twitter ).

The Rockies had a $2.5 million option and expexted to decline it if they didn't work out a trade. Olivo hit .269/.315/.449 with 14 home runs in 2010. Olivo had a hot start, hitting .325/.377/.548 with 11 home runs before the All-Star break and .193/.225/.313 after the break.

The move saves Colorado the $500,000 buyout of his option.

UPDATE: As MLB.com's Jordan Bastain points out (via Twitter ), the Jays have until midnight to pick up Olivo's option, and that's not a given.

UPDATE: Bastain was all over it. As he reports (on Twitter ), the Jays declined the option on Olivo. Olivo is a Type B free agent, so the Blue Jays may have picked up seven picks for the 2011 draft with two Type A (Jason Frasor, Scott Downs) and three Type B (Kevin Gregg, John Buck, Olivo) free agents.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:12 pm
 

Wakamatsu a wanted man

Don Wakamatsu Don Wakamatsu is suddenly a hot commodity.

The Blue Jays are making a "hard push" for Wakamatsu to join new manager John Farrell as his bench coach, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets . He notes Wakamatsu interviewed in Toronto on Thursday.

The Orioles have already reportedly made an offer to Wakamatsu to be their bench coach.

Rosenthal notes he could still talk to the Mets about their managerial position if he takes the Blue Jays' job. The Mets are expected to interview external candidates beginning next week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Yankees favorite for 2011 World Series

You know what they say about a fool and his money… but hey, there's a couple of fools in Vegas (and some smart folks, too), but to put any money down on next baseball season before we even know what teams are going to look like?

Buster Posey Well, common sense won't stop folks from betting, and BoDog.com has its line for next year's World Series winner. And it's very little surprise that the Yankees are the favorite, while Buster Posey and the Giants are 10/1 to repeat.

Yankees 4/1
Phillies 6/1
Giants 10/1
Red Sox 10/1
Cardinals 14/1
Rays 14/1
Rangers 16/1
Twins 16/1
Braves 18/1
Rockies 18/1
Padres 20/1
Reds 20/1
Dodgers 22/1
White Sox 22/1
Angels 25/1
Cubs 30/1
Athletics 35/1
Tigers 35/1
Marlins 35/1
Mets 40/1
Blue Jays 50/1
Astros 65/1
Brewers 65/1
Mariners 70/1
Orioles 75/1
Diamondbacks 80/1
Indians 80/1
Nationals 80/1
Royals 125/1
Pirates 150/1

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Jays pick up Molina option

Jose Molina
The Blue Jays have picked up its option on catcher Jose Molina for 2011. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com says via Twitter the option was for $1.2 million, though Cot's Baseball Contracts says it's $1 million.

Unless the Jays plan to trade Molina, this is a pretty good indication Toronto is going to let John Buck leave in free agency and install J.P. Arencibia as the starter, with Molina remaining the backup.

Molina, 35, the middle of the three catching Molina brothers (Bengie of the Rangers is 36, Yadier of the Cardinals is 28). He batted .246/.304/.377 in 57 games last season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 5:39 pm
 

Ramirez has hernia surgery

Manny Ramirez Manny Ramirez said he had a hernia operation two weeks ago and the injury had bothered him during the season, he told ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas .

In a phone interview from his home in Miami, Ramirez told Rojas that he hopes to start training for next season in mid-November.

The free agent DH/outfielder also praised the Blue Jays' hire of John Farrell, and said he'd like to play for Farrell and the Blue Jays.

"He's a manager I'd love to play for," Ramirez told Rojas and translated to English by me in the best of my ability. "Toronto is a team I've liked since they had all those great Dominican players in the 80s."

Ramirez said he feels he has a lot of baseball left in him, but would probably be best as a designated hitter, which I think we can all agree with.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 25, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

Dave Eiland
The Yankees' postmortem meeting with reporters today featured a lot of hemming and hawing and the usual "we'll see" attitude toward most offseason issues, right up until general manager Brian Cashman made a surprising announcement: pitching coach Dave Eiland has been fired.

"I'm not going to comment on what the reasons are. They're private," Bryan Hoch of MLB.com quoted Cashman via Twitter as saying (the news conference is still ongoing). Cashman said Eiland was not being fired due to the Yankees' pitching performance in the ALCS, which the Yankees lost to Texas in six games.

Eiland, who pitched parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues, joined the Yankees organization following his retirement in 2000. He was named major-league pitching coach in 2008. He took a leave of absence from June 4-29 of this season.

"He's not being blamed for what took place [in the postseason]," Cashman said, according to the New York Daily News. "I hope you believe me on that. ... He’s a terrific pitching coach and he should have no problem getting a job."

Eiland had been mentioned as a possible candidate for pitching coach openings in Boston, Baltimore and Toronto, but for him to be fired outright from the Yankees wasn't expected, at least not so quickly.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun points out that Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz would be a natural candidate to replace Eiland. Kranitz worked with Yankees manager Joe Girardi in Florida for one year in 2006, winning Baseball America 's Major League Coach of the Year Award. New Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has yet to tell any of his coaches whether they have jobs for next year.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 10:39 am
 

Jays schedule Farrell announcement


The Blue Jays have just sent word that they'll hold a news conference at 3 p.m. today. That's almost certainly in order to announce their new manager, and it's no secret that it will be Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.

Toronto reportedly settled on Farrell late last week, but had to wait for the end of the last round of playoffs to conclude before they could make an announcement.

UPDATE: Farrell confirmed via text message to WEEI.com that he will be the Jays' new manager.

-- David Andriesen

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