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AL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
40-20 8-2 W4
33-27 4-6 L1
32-28 6-4 L1
25-35 3-7 W1
24-36 6-4 W2

Top Blue Jays News

  • Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Viewed as starter

    Merryweather is seen as a starter by the Blue Jays, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.

    The righty made his debut as a 28-year-old last season, making three starts and five bullpen appearances. He was much more an opener than a true starter, however, as he didn't throw more than two innings in any game, but he was primarily a starter in the minors. His inexperience suggests he won't be a favorite to make Toronto's starting five, though his 27.3 percent strikeout rate last season did hint at some promise.

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  • Blue Jays' Thomas Hatch: Preparing as starter

    Hatch is viewed as a starter heading into the upcoming season, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.

    Hatch was exclusively a starter in the minors but appeared out of the bullpen in 16 of his 17 outings as a rookie last season. His 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings looked quite strong on the surface, but it seems in large part attributable to an unsustainable .232 BABIP, as it came with a mediocre combination of a 21.1 percent strikeout rate and an 11.9 percent walk rate. It's far from guaranteed that he'll earn a rotation spot to start the season, but it appears as though he'll at least be in the mix.

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  • Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Throwing bullpens

    Yates has completed his rehab process following August elbow surgery and has already thrown a series of bullpens, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    If the Blue Jays are getting the same guy Yates was before last season, when he threw just 4.1 innings with a 12.46 ERA before being shut down due to bone chips in his elbow, they could be getting the best reliever in the league. From 2018 to 2019, no qualified reliever came within half a run of his 1.67 ERA, while he also topped that group in FIP (1.93). He comes with plenty of risk due to his surgery and the fact that he's heading into his age-34 season, but the fact that he's already advanced to bullpen sessions is certainly a good sign.

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  • Blue Jays' Anthony Castro: DFA'd by Toronto

    Castro was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Castro was claimed off waivers by Toronto in early December, but he'll be cast off the 40-man roster to make room for right-hander Tyler Chatwood. He could still compete for a bullpen role during spring training, but he'll likely begin the 2021 season in the minors.

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  • Blue Jays' Michael Brantley: Joins Blue Jays

    Brantley signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    The financial terms of the deal haven't yet been disclosed. Brantley will join George Springer in Toronto just one day after Springer inked a six-year deal with the team. Brantley spent the past two seasons with the Astros and appeared in 46 games during the abbreviated 2020 season, slashing .300/.364/.476 with five home runs and 22 RBI. The 33-year-old has had an OPS above .800 in each of the past four seasons and will attempt to build on his success with the Blue Jays in 2021.

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  • Blue Jays' George Springer: Signing with Blue Jays

    Springer agreed to terms on a contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, it's the largest free-agent deal so far this offseason at six years and $150 million. The final decision came between the Mets and Blue Jays, and Springer will be joining the Canadian club once he completes a physical examination. The 31-year-old should take over in center field for Toronto and had a .265/.359/.540 slash line with 14 homers in 220 plate appearances during 2020.

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  • Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Signs with Blue Jays

    Yates (elbow) signed with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the deal has $5.5 million guaranteed with up to $4.5 million in performance bonuses. Yates made a strong case as the league's best reliever in 2019, finishing with a 1.19 ERA and 41 saves while striking out 41.6 percent of opposing batters and walking just 5.3 percent. His 2020 season was a huge disappointment, as he struggled through six appearances, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings, before being shut down with bone chips in his elbow. The upside here is huge for the Blue Jays, who may have just locked down one of the game's top closers, but a full rebound can't be taken for granted in the righty's age-34 season.

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  • Blue Jays' Tyler Chatwood: Inks deal with Toronto

    Chatwood (forearm) signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Chatwood will head to Toronto after spending the last three seasons with the Cubs. He finished with an ERA above 5.00 in two of his last three seasons with Chicago, starting 25 contests over that stretch. Chatwood is expected to be used out of the bullpen while in Toronto, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, but he can also be used as a starter if needed. The deal could reach $5.5 million based on incentives.

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  • Blue Jays' Ross Stripling: Settles without arbitrator

    Stripling and the Blue Jays agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Moving away from Los Angeles this past season was supposed to finally give Stripling the chance to thrive as a full-time starter. Instead, he remained a swingman, starting nine games and relieving in three more. His strikeout rate plummeted from 25.1 percent to 18.2 percent, while his ERA, which had never before come in above 4.00, sat at 5.84. Toronto will be hoping to see a bounceback season from the righty in his age-31 campaign.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .255
(12th)
302
(7th)
88
(8th)
4.60
(17th)

Injuries

Player Injury
K. Yates RP Kirby Yates RP Elbow
T. Chatwood SP Tyler Chatwood SP Forearm
J. Romano RP Jordan Romano RP Finger
J. Waguespack RP Jacob Waguespack RP Back
T. Thornton SP Trent Thornton SP Elbow

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