James Paxton signed with the Mariners and the Blue Jays are apparently focused on Taijuan Walker

We’re only a few days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Will the Blue Jays add another starting pitcher before then?

The dream of bringing Big Maple home (to play games not in Canada) is dead for now. The Seattle Mariners signed James Paxton to a one-year deal worth $8,500,000 which features bonuses that could up his earnings to $10,000,000. That’s a pretty decent chunk of cash for a guy coming off of a 6.64 ERA season with significant injury history.
That leaves Jake Odorizzi and Taijuan Walker as the big-name free agent pitchers left on the market. According to Pat Pagazzo, a Mets and Yankees writer, the Blue Jays are focused on Walker more so than Odorizzi…

With Taijuan Walker & Jake Odorizzi left as the lone starting pitchers on the market, the #Mets have limited options and will have some competition if they’re thinking about Walker as I’ve been told the Blue Jays are focused on him as opposed to Odorizzi
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) February 14, 2021

I’m not sure how credible a source Ragazzo is, but, if we’ve learned anything this off-season, it’s that information can come from anywhere and the national-level …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Daily Duce: Pitchers and catchers report (and so does the bad news)!

Daily?!?!?!?

Baseball is back! Pitchers and catchers reported to Blue Jays camp today, position players will report by the end of the week, the first full team workout will be on Monday, and we’ll have our first game of 2020 next Saturday. With real baseball on the horizon, we also had an influx of news reported today, a lot of which was, uhhhh, not very good.
First and foremost, we have an injury update on Eric Pardinho…

Eric Pardinho, one of the Blue Jays top pitching prospects, had Tommy John surgery today. Will be back in 2021.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) February 12, 2020

This sucks ass. Pardinho, who was Toronto’s big international free agent splash a few years ago and has risen up the rankings to become one of the top pitching prospects in the organization, will miss the entirety of the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
If there’s one saving grace here, it’s that Pardinho was already incredibly advanced for his age. As an 18-year-old, he posted a 2.41 ERA over seven starts in Low-A Lansing, a league in which the average player is nearly 22 years old. Pardinho’s 2019 season was …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Getting to know the 50 guys coming to Blue Jays spring training (Part 2 – Position Players)

I took a look at the pitchers who will be headed to Dunedin in the next little bit yesterday, so, today, I’ll finish off by talking about all of the position players.

OF Anthony Alford: Once a top prospect of the Blue Jays, Anthony Alford has struggled with injuries and consistency at the plate, resulting in him falling down the depth chart the past couple of seasons. Alford is out of options, so if he doesn’t crack the team out of spring training, he’ll have to be exposed to waivers.
IF Bo Bichette: Toronto’s No. 2 prospect behind Vlad Jr. came up and stole the spotlight last August, slashing a .311/.358/.571 line over 46 games. Bichette is this year’s starting shortstop, the bigger question is who backs him up.
IF Cavan Biggio: One of last year’s pleasant surprises was how well Cavan Biggio performed in his rookie season. Biggio never had the same hype as Bo or Vlad but you’d have never known that based on how he played in 2019. He’ll be the team’s starting second baseman this year but we’ …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Getting to know the 50 guys coming to Blue Jays spring training (Part 1 – Pitchers)

Pitchers and catchers! They’re reporting in under a week! Baseball games! They’re being played in like two weeks! Holy hell!

The Blue Jays will have 50 guys at spring training this year, everyone from their 40-man roster and 10 other non-roster invitees. I’m so bored so excited that winter is almost over and baseball is around the corner that I’m going to introduce you to all 50 of those players.
We’ll also see a handful of prospects make their way into games, but they’ll be attending Toronto’s minor league spring training, so I’ll just focus on the 50 guys who could feasibly break camp and travel north with the club.
Anyways, here they all are. No, not all of them at once, you lunatic. Here are the pitchers. I’ll go through the position players later.
RHP Chase Anderson: Toronto’s first major acquisition of the off-season, Anderson was picked up as a salary dump from the Milwaukee Brewers. Even if he doesn’t rebound from his mediocre season in which he posted a 4.21 ERA over 139 innings, Anderson is a nice depth addition …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Anthony Kay, T.J. Zeuch will be part of September call-ups

Two young pitchers on the verge of making the big leagues and in talks to be part of the 2020 Blue Jays rotation are going to be part of the September call-ups with rosters expanding.

Pitchers Anthony Kay and T.J. Zeuch will be among the @BlueJays’ September call-ups, @ShiDavidi reports.https://t.co/4Y0HmWlnjj
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 2, 2019

Kay, 24, was part of the return for Marcus Stroman from the New York Mets and has been able to completely dominate for Triple-A Buffalo since coming over to the Toronto organization. Through seven starts and a total of 36 innings pitched, Kay has been able to keep a 2.50 ERA while striking-out 9.8 batters per nine.
He’s been struggling with the control since being promoted up to the highest minor-league level, averaging 5.5 walks per nine with Buffalo and 3.16 BB/9 while still in the Mets organization. All will be tested once he makes his major-league debut later this month.
Zeuch was a first-round selection by the Blue Jays back in 2016 and at 24-years-old, he should be nearing a big-league opportunity anyway and has certainly earned that. Highlighted by a no-hitter a couple weeks ago, his first season in Triple-A has featured a total of 13 starts …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Travis Bergen returned to the Jays, optioned to Buffalo

One of the two pitchers picked off of  the Blue Jays from the Rule 5 Draft, Travis Bergen — the other being Jordan Romano — has been returned after being designated for assignment earlier this week.

ROSTER MOVES:
Rule 5 selection – LHP Travis Bergen – has been returned from the @SFGiants and will report to the @BuffaloBisons.
Additionally, RHP Jason Adam has been recalled and RHP Sean Reid-Foley has been optioned to Triple-A. pic.twitter.com/Boj7EbomAJ
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 21, 2019

The 25-year-old lefty pitched a total of 19 and 2/3 innings for the Giants this year, for a 5.49 ERA with nine walks and 18 strikeouts. Not the most dominant performance, but for a Rule 5 pick, it was decent but ended up not being worth the roster spot for the whole year.
Due to an injury suffered mid-season, Bergen was able to have a rehab assignment to their Triple-A affiliate. There he posted a 3.78 ERA through 15 games and 16 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Now heading to Triple-A Buffalo, the 2015 seventh-round pick will strengthen an already built pitching staff for the Bisons. Top prospect Nate Pearson dominated in his first Triple-A appearance, while Anthony Kay is absolutely dealing as of late and changing the narrative for the return of …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays at Orioles 06/11/19 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Both young starting pitchers in the Toronto Blue Jays’ opener of a six-game road trip have had strong UNDER trends at sportsbooks through the first third of the season.
The Blue Jays are the -125 away favorite (wager $125 to win $100) on the MLB odds for Tuesday night at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com while the Baltimore Orioles are a +105 home underdog (wager $100 to win $105) with a 9.0-run total. Oriole Park at Camden Yards has hardly been hospitable to the Blue Jays, who are 8-12 in their last 20 visits to their American League East avian brethren since late 2016. Thirteen of those 20 contests have finished UNDER. The Blue Jays are also 6-14 in their last 20 away games.
Blue Jays at Orioles | OddsShark Matchup Report
Rookie Trent Thornton will face the Orioles for the first time in his career. The Blue Jays right-hander has been credited with a 1-4 record and a 4.73 earned-run average so far this season, but the total has gone UNDER in four of his six away starts. The Orioles will send out their most efficient starter, left-hander John Means, who is 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA. The total has gone UNDER in four of Means’ last five …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation