Toronto Blue Jays

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Blue Jays.2406932224.42
AL East5th5th4th4th
American League 15th15th7th7th

Schedule

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Fri Feb 23
1:07 pm ET
PHI
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Sat Feb 24
1:05 pm ET
@DET
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Sun Feb 25
1:07 pm ET
DET
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Mon Feb 26
1:05 pm ET
@TB
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Tue Feb 27
1:07 pm ET
NYY
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Wed Feb 28
1:07 pm ET
PHI
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Thu Mar 1
1:05 pm ET
@PIT
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Fri Mar 2
1:05 pm ET
@MIN
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Sat Mar 3
1:07 pm ET
MIN
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Sun Mar 4
1:05 pm ET
@PHI

Standings

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Tampa Bay0-00-0
Toronto0-00-0
Boston0-00-0
Baltimore0-00-0
New York0-00-0
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Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Adds muscle in offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martin worked on adding muscle in the offseason to assure his body won't break down this season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Martin, who recently turned 35, is looking to bounce back from an injury-filled 2017 campaign that saw him appear in a career-low 91 games. With no proven backup to share time with -- Luke Maile, who is slated to open the year as the team's No. 2 option behind the dish, posted a brutal .407 OPS in 136 plate appearances last season -- the Blue Jays are once again expected to rely heavily on Martin, assuming his body is able to hold up. Depending on how Martin feels throughout camp, and how Maile performs, Toronto could still choose to limit the veteran's playing time, as his best season in recent years came when he played just 111 games with the Pirates in 2014.

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Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Tabbed for spring debut Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Travis (knee) will make his first spring game appearance Sunday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Prior reports stated that the embattled second baseman will be eased into action this spring, and this report confirms that. After playing his first game Sunday, Travis is expected to play roughly every other game. His injury history alone makes his status worth monitoring throughout Grapefruit League play, but it seems as if Travis is on track to be fine for the start of the regular season barring any unforeseen issues.

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Blue Jays' Marco Estrada: Makes offseason adjustments
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Estrada altered the delivery and approach to his change-up heading into the 2018 season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Estrada underwent a rough 2017 campaign, posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 33 starts, which clearly marked his worst season as a starter since he occupied a full-time role dating back to the 2012 season. The right-hander was able to notice that he slowed his arm down whenever he threw a change-up last year, which led some to wonder whether he was tipping his pitches. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com noted that according to Baseball Savant, opponents hit .245 with a .480 slugging percentage against that pitch in 2017 after hitting just .162 with a .304 slugging percentage the year before. A tweak in his delivery may not help Estrada reach the statistical numbers he did in 2015 or 2016 mainly because regression was going to catch up to him eventually, but he should be able to rebound from last season.

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Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: Fields grounders, takes batting practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tulowitzki (heel) fielded grounders and took batting practice with no issues Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

This is encouraging news for Tulowitzki, who was earlier shut down last week with a bone spur in his heel. While the issue isn't expected to require surgery, the Blue Jays will still proceed cautiously with their veteran shortstop, likely keeping him sidelined for the start of Grapefruit League action. The hope is that he'll be ready to go by Opening Day, but if not, Toronto will look to either Aledmys Diaz or Yangervis Solarte, both of whom were acquired in offseason trades, to fill in at shortstop.

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Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Works on strengthening legs in offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smoak said Monday that he spent the winter working on strengthening his hips, glutes and quadriceps to take pressure off his knees after he battled tendinitis during the 2018 season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Though the rigors of playing in a team-high 158 games last season may have caught up with Smoak in September, when he was held to a .638 OPS, the 2017 campaign still went down as a huge breakout for the first baseman. The 31-year-old credited a change in approach at the plate for a steep reduction in his strikeout rate from 32.8 percent in 2016 to 20.1 percent last season, which allowed him to tap into his considerable power more regularly. Even with home-run production on the rise leaguewide, Smoak's 38 taters still made him a major asset in the category, while his improved contact made him less of a sinkhole in batting average than in previous years. Smoak will face plenty of pressure to prove he can repeat last season's performance in 2018, but even a slight downturn in his production would likely pay dividends for fantasy owners who invest in him on draft day.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJustin Smoak , 1B.270
HRJustin Smoak , 1B38
RBIJustin Smoak , 1B90
OBPJustin Smoak , 1B.355
SLGJustin Smoak , 1B.529
RJose Bautista , RF92
SBKevin Pillar , CF15
WMarcus Stroman , SP13
ERAMarcus Stroman , SP3.09
WHIPMarcus Stroman , SP1.31
KMarco Estrada , SP176
SVRoberto Osuna , RP39

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