Blue Jays sign OF Jose Tabata to a Minor-League Contract

Cam Lewis
February 10 2017 01:43PM

Thought it may not have been the name fans were hoping to hear, the Blue Jays have added another piece to their outfield puzzle. Jon Heyman reported on Twitter that the Jays have inked former top prospect Jose Tabata to a minor-league deal. 

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Birds All Day: 100. The 100th Episode Spectacular-ish!

Andrew Stoeten
February 09 2017 10:18PM

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Straight to your ear-holes for the 100th time (under the current name), it's the Birds All Day podcast! This week talking bullpen signings, the WBC, rule changes, and so much more! 

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Blue Jays Officially Announce Joe Smith Contract, DFA AJ Jimenez to make room on 40-man

Cam Lewis
February 09 2017 06:17PM

Just like with the Howell contract earlier today, we all already knew this had happened, it was just made official today. The Blue Jays have inked right-handed reliever Joe Smith to a one-year deal worth $3 million. 

The more interesting thing here, though, is the corresponding roster move. In order to free up space for Smith on the 40-man, the Jays have designated catcher AJ Jimenez for assignment. This move was ultimately made possible by the Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing, as the Jays have a real backup catcher with big league experience. 

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Let's Make the World Baseball Classic Great Again

Andrew Stoeten
February 09 2017 04:06PM

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When does the World Baseball Classic start? Where is Canada playing? Who is in their group?

I assure you that I have absolutely no idea the answers to any of these questions. 

Granted, I've never exactly been a Canada Baseball obsessive -- mostly an effect of my pushing back for years against fans braying for the Blue Jays to sign Canadians just for the sake of it -- but that's hardly the only reason why. The Canada-USA game in the 2009 WBC was the high water mark for baseball experience at Rogers Centre for literally the entire period from the 1994 strike until the Blue Jays' buzz returned after trade deadline of 2015. The World Baseball Classic can be a pretty special thing!

And yet... it's... uh... not.

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Blue Jays Officially Announce Howell Contract, sign Utility man Elmore to Minor-League Contract

Cam Lewis
February 09 2017 10:45AM

It isn't really news, since we've known for over a week that he was going to a Blue Jay, but the Jays officially announced JP Howell's one-year, $3 million deal on Thursday morning. 

Also, Mike Wilner tweeted that the Jays have signed super-utility guy Jake Elmore to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. 

Can we please just get the fucking season started yet? What a morning! 

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