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Report: Blue Jays sign RHP Jake Petricka to MiLB deal

According to Robert Murray (formerly of The Athletic), the Blue Jays have signed reliever Jake Petricka to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi confirmed Murray’s report, adding that Petricka will make $950,000 should he crack the major league roster. Scott Mitchell of TSN reports that Petricka can earn up…

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Blue Jays sign former NPB pitcher Rafael Dolis

According to Scott Mitchell of TSN, the Blue Jays are signing RHP Rafael Dolis to a one-year deal plus a team option. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet confirmed the report shortly after. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that Dolis will earn $1 million plus performance bonuses in 2020, and that the 2021 option is worth $1.5 million…

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Blue Jays sign catcher Caleb Joseph to MiLB deal

According to Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have signed former Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph to a minor-league deal. Mike Wilner of Sportsnet The Fan 590 suggests that Joseph will likely take Luke Maile’s spot on the roster after he was non-tendered and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December. The signing was…

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Blue Jays sign Joe Panik to minors pact with invite to big-league camp

According to Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have signed former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league spring training. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet confirmed Longley’s report minutes later, with Jon Heyman and Jon Morosi, both of MLB Network, confirming the signing as…

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‘I’m excited to be somewhere I’m wanted’: How Anthony Bass thrived in Japan, and came back stronger than ever

For years, Anthony Bass believed that Major League Baseball players going to play in Japan signalled the end of their careers in North America. He, like many other scribes and athletes, thought that foreign baseball was easier and less demanding than its North American equivalent.  Now, he regards Japanese professional baseball as a vastly different,…