Blue Jays add lefty pitching depth, sign Brett Oberholtzer to Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training
December 07 2016 03:02PM
The Blue Jays bolstered their pitching depth today by signing left-handed pitcher Brett Oberlholtzer to a minor league contract. Oberholtzer, the former Astro, Phillie, and Angel, will be given an invite to spring training to possibly duke it out for a spot in the Jays' bullpen, but will more than likely serve as pitching depth for the organization with Triple-A Buffalo.
#BlueJays signed LHP Brett Oberholtzer to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) December 7, 2016
December 04 2016 03:46PM
Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings began today, and the first bit of Blue Jays news that leaked out was somewhat surprising. According to Jon Morosi, the Jays have shown interest in Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland. And I, uhhh, am not really sure why!
November 19 2016 12:06PM
Just like that, the longest serving member of the Toronto Blue Jays is gone. At the end of the playoffs, it seemed certain that Cecil was moving on from Toronto after his wife posted a heartfelt thank you on Instagram about the family's time with the team. But judging by the Jays' lack of relief depth, especially in terms of left-handed options, and the fact Ross Atkins said the team would be interested in having Cecil back, he ultimately cashed in on a massive payday to join the St. Louis Cardinals.
November 11 2016 11:14AM
The Blue Jays got their offseason kicked off today by signing tightly-touted Cuban infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to a seven-year contract worth a reported $22 million. Gurriel was considered to be one of, if not the best, Cuban prospects available this year. He slashed a .344/.407/.560 line with ten home runs in 2015 in the Cuban league and also features an above average glove and speed.
Though there are other international free agent prospects who are considered to have high upside (Gurriel Jr. is currently ranked sixth among international FAs), some suggest that he's the most intriguing player on the market this year because, being a 23 year old with multiple years of professional experience, he could be much closer to making an impact on a Major League roster than the others.
November 06 2016 10:28AM
The Blue Jays, as expected, tendered a $17.2 million qualifying offer to Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, but chose not to do so with Michael Saunders. Both Bautista and Encarnacion will certainly reject the qualifying offers, making them free agents along with Saunders, Brett Cecil, Joaquin Benoit, R.A. Dickey, Scott Feldman, Gavin Floyd, and Dioner Navarro.