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.
jose tabata signs minors deal with blue jays. gets MLB invite. yet another comeback attempt.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 10, 2017
February 09 2017 10:18PM
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!
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.
February 09 2017 04:06PM
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.
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!