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Sports Blue Jays buy insurance with Shoemaker as off-season to-do list grows

10:30  03 december  2019
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Blue Jays tender Matt Shoemaker, non-tender three players

  Blue Jays tender Matt Shoemaker, non-tender three players The Toronto Blue Jays tendered a contract to starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker and non-tendered three plaeyrs reliever Derek Law on Monday. The post Dec. 3: Leafs take a trip to the City of Brotherly Love appeared first on did tender Matt Shoemaker, per source

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker . The Blue Jays and Shoemaker discussed different contract scenarios but couldn’t reach agreement and are potentially headed to a hearing (his salary is projected at .8 million but his case is volatile).

All offseason the Toronto Blue Jays made it clear they were looking for a rotation upgrade and on Friday they made their first move to address that The 32-year-old has pitched just 108.2 innings in the major leagues in the past two seasons do to a forearm injury that first occurred in 2017 and then

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TORONTO – An important caveat before we begin this conversation is that the off-season is still in its relative infancy, and the vast majority of the business that will take place is still to happen. This is certainly not a time for meaningful judgments or definitive conclusions.

Still, it’s hard to shake the sense that, so far at least, this winter isn’t unfolding particularly well for the Toronto Blue Jays.

On Monday came the latest twists, as Mike Moustakas joined Jake Odorizzi and Kyle Gibson as free agent targets to land elsewhere, while amateur scouting director Steve Sanders left to join new general manager Ben Cherington, the recently departed VP, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

AP source: Roark, Blue Jays agree to $24M, 2-year contract

  AP source: Roark, Blue Jays agree to $24M, 2-year contract Right-hander Tanner Roark and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. Roark, who turned 33 in October, was 10-10 with a 4.35 ERA in 31 starts this year for Cincinnati and Oakland, which acquired him at the trade deadline. He is 74-64 with a 3.71 ERA over seven seasons. He spent six seasons with Washington, then was dealt to Cincinnati last December.

The Blue Jays and Rays are squaring off in the "MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube," streaming exclusively here and on YouTube. Ross Atkins discusses the Blue Jays ' young players taking the next step and veterans performing well at the end of the season .

From contracts to roster decisions to free agency, the Jays ' front office has plenty of decisions to make. The death knell for the Blue Jays ’ season only sounded on Friday night, but the off - season will begin in little more than a week. Here’s a look at the team’s off - season to - do list

Already trying to rebuild a threadbare rotation and bolster their lineup, the Blue Jays must now also cover the losses of pivotal leaders in player development and amateur scouting – the latter especially worrying with the team in possession of a potentially franchise-altering No. 5 pick.

Even a photo in Toronto posted to Twitter and Instagram by Didi Gregorius turned out to be a big tease, as the free-agent shortstop is in the city to hang out, not for a recruitment trip, according to two industry sources. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean the Blue Jays aren’t interested, either, whatever that means.

Regardless, by no means is this off-season doomed. But as options continue to come off the board, the home run scenario of adding established and productive players to contribute in 2020, and into the competitive window beyond, is becoming harder to pull off.

Report: Blue Jays showing interest in Pineda

  Report: Blue Jays showing interest in Pineda The Toronto Blue Jays have checked in on free-agent righty Michael Pineda, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN. Pineda performed well for the Minnesota Twins during the 2019 season but received a 60-game punishment in early September for using a banned substance. The 30-year-old authored a 4.01 ERA and 4.02 FIP over 26 starts. Another hurler who's on Toronto's radar is former Korean Baseball Organization ace Josh Lindblom, a source told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.The Blue Jays are also reportedly interested in left-handers Hyun-jin Ryu and Dallas Keuchel.Starting pitching was a major issue for the Blue Jays last season.

The Blue Jays have been connected to several free agent starting pitchers this offseason , with club GM Ross Atkins voicing a desire to “add significantly” to a staff that, as presently constructed, is relatively short on proven arms. With free agent starters beginning to trickle off the board, Toronto’s

Blue Jays were sellers at last year’s trade deadline, shipping players like Marcus Stroman, Eric Sogard and Daniel Hudson out for packages of prospects. Look at the Blue Jays ’ division, the AL East, as an example. The Yankees appear to be a juggernaut, but after that the competition is all over the place.

A week out from the winter meetings in San Diego, back-end starter Chase Anderson remains the only notable addition to Blue Jays’ staff, although they did create another option for themselves ahead of Monday night’s 8 p.m. deadline by tendering Matt Shoemaker a contract.

The decision on the veteran right-hander was their most significant of the day – the arbitration-eligible Derek Law (projected salary of $1.3 million) and Luke Maile (projected $800,000) along with reliever Jason Adam were all cut loose, leaving the 40-man roster at 37 – but by no means does it lock him into a spot.

The Blue Jays and Shoemaker discussed different contract scenarios but couldn’t reach agreement and are potentially headed to a hearing (his salary is projected at $3.8 million but his case is volatile). Arbitration awards aren’t fully guaranteed, and the Blue Jays would be only on the hook for between 30-45 days of termination pay should they decide to cut him before the end of spring training, so in essence, tendering him was like buying an insurance policy in case they can’t lock in someone better.

Lots of scenarios in play for Blue Jays with tender deadline nearing

  Lots of scenarios in play for Blue Jays with tender deadline nearing In Toronto, the Blue Jays started their off-season early by removing Devon Travis, Ryan Tepera and Ryan Dull from the 40-man roster long before Monday’s tender deadline. That leaves five eligible players, only one of whom should be considered a lock to be tendered a deal. The post Canadiens place backup goalie Keith Kinkaid on waivers appeared first on few years back, before baseball’s new reality set in, this would have been surprising. But if the last two winters are any indication, the likes of Cole and Rendon could be out there for months to come. At times, the pace of the baseball off-season can make the games seem quick.

Blue Jays ' Matt Shoemaker : Expects to resume throwing soon. Shoemaker (knee) anticipates that he'll be ready to resume a throwing program in the coming weeks and believes he'll be free of any restrictions for most of the offseason , Arden Zwelling of reports.

Shoemaker was off to an outstanding start to the season . Including the three scoreless innings he tossed before leaving the game, the right-hander has The next step for the veteran starter is to get an MRI on Sunday, from there the Blue Jays will determine his status. The veteran has been snakebitten

That’s a tough spot to put Shoemaker in, but the game is especially cruel right now for players who aren’t performing at peak levels, as evidenced by the non-tendering of Kevin Pillar by the San Francisco Giants.

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Pillar’s projected arbitration award of $9.7 million is reasonable relative to his projected output and justified when you consider how his toughness, determination and mentality can positively impact a team. But rebuilding teams like the Giants and the Blue Jays are reluctant to pay for that, and his case is symbolic of why there’s so much friction between players and owners.

Digression aside, with both Pillar and Law non-tendered, minor-leaguer Juan De Paula (9.17 ERA in 52 innings at low-A Lansing) is the only player still with one of the teams from the four-player deal struck by the Blue Jays and Giants last spring.

Law was a useful part of the Blue Jays bullpen last season, one of the few adults around, and could have played a role on the 2020 club but the club decided to reallocate his money elsewhere.

Between Law, Maile and Adam – a hard-throwing righty who showed some promise but was in tough to stay on the 40 – the Blue Jays created $2.5-$3 million in extra spending room while paring the 40-man roster down to 37.

Gurriel Jr. named Blue Jays player of the year, most improved player

  Gurriel Jr. named Blue Jays player of the year, most improved player Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s breakout 2019 season earned him both Blue Jays player of the year and most improved player honours in annual club award voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The post Gurriel Jr. named Blue Jays player of the year, most improved player appeared first on he played in only 84 games, the 25-year-old led the team in batting average (.277), slugging percentage (.541) and OPS (.869) among players with more than 250 plate appearances, while his 20 home runs were fifth. As calculated by Fangraphs, his 1.8 WAR ranked fifth on the club.

Blue Jays right-hander Matt Shoemaker seems open to signing a multiyear deal with the club, but the two The Blue Jays could also look to move younger catchers from within their farm system. They could’ve bought him out and retained him via arbitration — Anderson has not yet reached six years of

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays ' offseason will officially begin early next month, upon completion of the World Series, as Toronto takes the next step in its rebuilding process. General manager Ross Atkins should be expected to have a busy few months as he continues to lay a foundation for the future.

What they do with the extra money remains the question.

There was certainly a case to be made for splurging on Moustakas, who reached agreement on a $64-million, four-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, just as there was for doing so on Odorizzi, who accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Minnesota Twins, and Gibson, who agreed to a $30-million, three-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

In Gibson’s case, the Blue Jays may not have been able to tempt the right-hander away from Texas, but they definitely could have landed Odorizzi.

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Too late now, and perhaps the Blue Jays can move things over by inviting Gregorius over for a visit while he’s in town, since he’s apparently here anyway. Even if they land him, pitching remains their primary need and the winter is moving without any answers there.

Given how meticulously the Blue Jays plan out everything, you can bet the front office has planned for what’s happened, and has dozens of alternatives to the alternative of the alternatives. That’s smart, logical and proper, but to really push this team forward, some Plan A’s need to eventually start working out.

Moustakas would not have made the Blue Jays an instant contender, even if Odorizzi and Gibson had ended up here beforehand. Gregorius won’t thrust them into contention status either. But for this Blue Jays rebuild to succeed they’re going to need to add some good, established players around the kids, and they need to start putting them in place for 2020, and keep building from there. They can’t simply wait for the kids to do it all, because that probably won’t ever happen.

Some of the home run scenarios in that regard may be off the table now, but they can still bang out a few doubles, and that’s another way to push across some runs.

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Former Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri played 10 years with the organization before being traded to Colorado during the summer.

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