Tag:Toronto Blue Jays
Posted on: February 15, 2010 11:00 am

Cuban prospect close to signing

Reports indicate Cuban first-base prospect Jose Julio Ruiz is close to signing with a major league club. Saturday's edition of El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-based newspaper affiliated with the Miami Herald reported on Saturday that negotiations have "intensified."

"By next week, he should be signed already," one of Ruiz's agents, Jorge Luis Toca told El Nuevo Herald. "Perhaps Wednesday we'll announce something."

Toca said the Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox Giants and Rockies have shown the most interest in the 6-3, 240-pound prospect. Toca added they are also "waiting on an offer from the Yankees."

Ruiz, who defected last season, has been working out at the Yankees' complex in the Dominican Republic.

The slugger, who turns 26 on March 24, was batting .305 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage through 52 games for his National Series team before defecting. He sports a .330 career batting average.

Posted on: January 6, 2010 11:13 am

Marlins still players for Chapman, Uggla update

From Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel :

The Marlins still in the game for free agent Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman.  According to a source, the club is believed to have increased their initial $13 million offer.  Chapman expects to sign in the next few days however another source expects Chapman to sign with the Angels or Blue Jays for around $21 million.

As for Dan Uggla, another source says it's looking more likely that Uggla will start the season as a Marlin.



Posted on: December 10, 2009 12:10 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2009 12:17 pm

Halladay buzz, Gaston talks, Angels lead race

Blue Jays' manager Cito Gaston told the Toronto Star that it's not a matter of "if" but "when" Roy Halladay will be traded.

GM Alex Anthopoulos has been hush about any details, but Gaston says Anthopoulos has kept Gaston in the loop and asks for his opinion.

Gaston said, "Once we know that [what we get], we can find out what direction we might be going. Right now it's in limbo. There are possibilities, but nothing's happened yet."

Gaston suggested his preference would be to get an innings-eater in the rotation, a catcher, an outfielder ... all players that could help the major league club in 2010. But the Jays may not be in a position to get all that.

The report lists the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and Rays still in the mix.

Another report in the New York Post credits an MLB club official with saying the Angels remain the front-runners to land Halladay.  The source also says the Angels are willing to include Erick Aybar and Joel Saunders in a deal

Posted on: December 9, 2009 12:51 pm

Could Angels deal Aybar?

Angels GM Tony Reagins did not rule out the possibility of dealing Erick Aybar, the highly touted shortstop, in an apparent move to make the Angels front-runners for Toronto ace Roy Halladay, as reported by the LA Times .

The Blue Jays are looking for a young starter, catcher and shortstop in exchange for Halladay, and it was reported last summer that Aybar was the sticking point in talks with the Blue Jays.

"I never said Aybar was the sticking point in that deal," Reagins said. "He has tremendous value for us, but Brandon Wood can play shortstop and third base, and Maicer Izturis can play shortstop, third and second, so there's some flexibility if we wanted to include any of those three guys in a trade."
Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:57 am

Bradley Deal close but not where you think

According to several media reports, the Cubs are close to a deal involving Milton Bradley.

The Chicago Sun-Times learned from a source that it was not the Rays or the Rangers, as previously thought.  GM Jim Hendry wouldn't talk specifically about the progress of Bradley talks.

The Sun-Times report says all but a few teams have been eliminated -- the Tigers, Royals and Blue Jays.

Posted on: December 1, 2009 4:06 pm

Burnett makes a Pitch for Halladay

A.J. Burnett makes a pitch for the Yankees to acquire former teammate Roy Halladay, as reported by the New York Daily News .

During their three years as teammates in Toronto, Burnett credited Halladay with helping him become a more consistent pitcher. 

"I think it's time for him to get a fresh start," Burnett said. "He's paid his dues there, been the face of the organization, done everything they've asked him to do and more. At this point in his career, I think he just wants to win."

Halladay has told the Blue Jays that he would waive his no-trade clause to go to the Yankees, while the Red Sox, Angels and Phillies.


Posted on: December 1, 2009 10:44 am
Edited on: December 1, 2009 10:49 am

Roy Halladay ultimatum

According to media reports, Roy Halladay's representatives have announced the pitcher will not approve any trade after he reports to spring training.

Halladay can be a free agent after 2010 and has the power to veto any trade. 

Posted on: November 30, 2009 1:49 pm

Scutaro likes Dodgers and Red Sox

The Boston Globe reports Marco Scutaro told a Venezuelan newspaper the Red Sox, Dodgers, Mariners, and Rangers have expressed interest in him.

Scutaro then narrowed it down saying,  “There are two teams that would interest me, which are the Dodgers and Boston."

The Sox could see Scutaro as a stopgap until either Lowrie or 19-year-old Jose Iglesias is ready to take over the position.

However, the Blue Jays are expected to offer Scutaro salary arbitration and he would not close the door on the possibility of accepting arbitration, but he admitted that was unlikely.

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