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Heyman: Bautista Would Consider Four-Year, $120-Million Deal

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Hey, here’s a pot that hasn’t been stirred in a few days: the Jose Bautista contract situation. But don’t worry! Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is on it. He’ll make sure nothing in there just yet stagnates! While @JoeyBats19 is said to want 5/6 yrs at 30M, belief is…

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The Daily Duce: Wednesday, March 30th

The Blue Jays got Ross Atkins “on the first hop” says some enterprising Toronto Sun headline writer seemingly trying to cast dark clouds across Mark Shapiro’s first and biggest hiring. Atkins was interviewed for the Phillies job in mid-October, writes Bob Elliott — something Jon Heyman reported on October 9th at CBS Sports. Joel Sherman…

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No Talks Planned Between Encarnacion And The Jays Before Opening Day: Report

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports No further talks are planned between the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion’s camp, tweets Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. Or, at the very least, he tweets that it “sounds like” that’s the case “at present.” But they’re probably not talking! And are we surprised? I don’t think that anybody exactly…

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Gavin Floyd, Steve Delabar, Their Bionic Elbows And Intertwined Journeys

Photo Credit: John Lott Gavin Floyd and Steve Delabar belong to an exclusive club. There was nothing funny about the admission process, although they joke about it now. “We like to say we have more screws than any two pitchers in baseball,” Floyd says. That would be eight screws in Floyd’s right elbow and nine…

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The Blue Jays’ Opening Day Roster Is Finally Taking Shape

Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports After today’s game — which may not even happen, due to the weather — John Gibbons has said that he’ll announce that Drew Storen will open the year as his club’s closer. Or… OK, he didn’t say yet that it will be Storen, but let’s be serious. That’s who…

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Blue Jays Claim The Former Jesus Montero On Waivers From Seattle

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports He has risen! Or, at the very least, he has been asked to rise and pack up his Glendale hotel room for a rushed trip to Dunedin, Florida. Yes, Jesus Montero — one-time creation of the Yankee hype machine, and the player traded for Michael Pineda during Seattle’s long winter of Jack…

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Edwin Returns To (Minor League) Action, Absolutely Crushes One

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports OK, look. Seeing Edwin Encarnacion effortlessly drop a bomb on some Pirates minor league scrub isn’t enough to have us conclude that he’s ready for the season, despite this being just his first taste of real-ish action of the spring. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to watch it. And…

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Spring Threat: Jays vs. Phillies

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Wow. The Phillies are trash, man. I was going to write some half-excited words about this being Marcus Stroman’s final tuneup before facing Chris Archer and the Rays on Sunday afternoon as part of MLB’s (and ESPN’s — though the Jays-Rays game is on ESPN2) Opening Day triple-header, and a great…