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Toronto Blue Jays news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:42:08 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil (shoulder) did not pitch his scheduled inning Friday, March 6, because his should is "a little tender," according to manager John Gibbons. Gibbons noted it is not considered a big deal.
Fantasy Tip: Although the Toronto bullpen could be a year-long headache for fantasy owners, Cecil has performed extremely well in late-inning duty. He has finished 29 games and recorded six saves with a 2.76 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and a 11.5 K/9 mark over the past two seasons since moving to the bullpen. He is a viable speculation pick late in drafts for saves, and his impressive ratios and strikeout potential can play in deep mixed leagues without the saves.
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:15:34 -0800
Fantasy Tip: It's unclear how serious Bautista's hamstring injury is, but it's likely that Toronto is being cautious this early in spring. Bautista remains a first-round fantasy baseball selection for his monster power in one of the best hitting environments in MLB.
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:54:43 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) threw on flat ground for the second straight day Friday, March 6, from 90 feet. Saunders is feeling no ill-effects from left knee surgery just eight days ago. He had surgery to remove 60% of the cartilage from his knee. Saunders has been amazed at how well his knee feels so soon, and he expects to start hitting off a tee in a few days. Running is the last part of his rehab, and he could start that in a week or so. Saunders cautions that he is day-to-day, even though general manager Alex Anthopoulos could see him in the lineup on opening day.
Fantasy Tip: Saunders has always had an intriguing mix of power and speed, but injuries have continued to get in his way. He hasn't played more than 139 games in his career in a single season. The move to Toronto only helps his fantasy value if he can stay on the field, though. And if he's able to return in mid-April, there's even more reason to select and stash him in the late rounds of deep mixed leagues.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:49:42 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Pompey is only 21, one year older than Wells was when he earned a callup to the Blue Jays. Pompey is the favorite to win the center field job this season, and if he does he might be worth a flyer late in some drafts.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:20:54 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil, who has been great in a late-inning role the last two years, has the skills to be the team's ninth inning guy, but manager John Gibbons said Cecil may not win the role. SP Aaron Sanchez wants to win a spot in the starting rotation, but many believe he's the club's best option for closer. Gibbons likes to use Cecil in high-stakes situations prior to the ninth inning. "It could be one of those deals where one night he might be closing, the other night he might have to come in at the end of the seventh or eighth inning," Gibbons said.
Fantasy Tip: Some confusion could be cleared up if Sanchez outright wins a job in the starting rotation. Even then, though, this could become a closer-by-committee between Cecil and Aaron Loup. Toronto's closer battle is worth watching intently this spring. Right now, Cecil is the best late-round gamble, but things could be frustrating in this bullpen for fantasy owners.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:16:59 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays OF Dayan Viciedo gives the team another option in left field with OF Michael Saunders (knee) out, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the first base/designated hitter spot is "the most wide open spot in terms of competition." The team has talked about giving 1B Edwin Encarnacion time at DH this year to save his body, and 1Bs Justin Smoak, Daric Barton and Matt Hague are other options for first base.
Fantasy Tip: Viciedo could have fleeting late-round value in deeper mixed leagues depending on his playing time in the first month of the season with Saunders sidelined. Viciedo hit 20-plus homers in two of the last three years, so we know he has the power. He won't do you any favors in the BA department, though, so he'll mainly be an NL-only commodity this year.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:46:39 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Viciedo will play first base, third base and in left field in the Grapefruit League, so this is a low-risk signing for Toronto. As previous tips suggest, Viciedo could be an intriguing option thanks to his home run power.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:58:55 -0800
Free-agent OF Dayan Viciedo (White Sox) signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Feb. 28. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Chicago White Sox owe Viciedo 30 days of termination pay from his $4.4 million arbitration award in 2015.
Fantasy Tip: Now that Viciedo has signed with the Blue Jays, he becomes a solid option in deeper mixed leagues. He's one of those typical hitters that burns you with low batting averages, but his home run power makes Viciedo's bat more valuable.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:47:09 -0800
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) underwent surgery Friday, February 27, to remove 60% of the meniscus from his left knee. Saunders is expected to miss five to six weeks, should be able to start running in two weeks, and might be able to begin a rehab assignment in three to four weeks from now. "Having him back sooner is great, and nice that he's got a chance to be back by the middle of April," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
Fantasy Tip: Saunders is an interesting late-round stash option in deep mixed leagues thanks to his new digs and potential to reach the low-teens in homers and stolen bases. He moves from Safeco Field to the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre as his home park, joining a talented Blue Jays lineup. His struggles with left-handed pitchers should result in him receiving fewer at-bats than a true everyday hitter, and his career .231 batting average is indicative of him not being a help in that category. Saunders will be a FantasyScore option when facing most right-handed pitchers.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:09 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Despite weak contact skills and a poor batting average last year (.231), Viciedo managed to hit 20-plus homers in two of the last three seasons. Landing in Toronto would be very intriguing for a player of his caliber, and he'd be worth a late-round flier in deep mixed leagues.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:28:00 -0800
Free-agent SP Johan Santana (Mets) signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.
Fantasy Tip: Given Santana's injury history and the fact he hasn't pitched in the majors in three seasons, Santana's fantasy value has greatly dropped. Still, keep an eye on this situation. If he makes the roster Santana could be worth a pickup in the deepest of mixed leagues.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:14:36 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays OFs Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Dickerson and Andy Dirks (back), 1B Chris Colabello and 3B Danny Valencia are expected to compete for the vacant left field job during spring training. Driks will continue to rehab a back injury and is not expected to resume baseball activity for the next seven to 10 days, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos, and manager John Gibbons does not expect Dirks to be able to adequately compete for the position due to his injury.
Fantasy Tip: This is a position battle to monitor, but the winner won't be a viable option in the majority of mixed leagues. In the long term, Dirks projects as the best fantasy option, but he'll have to prove his health and earn playing time first. Continue to check back for updates on who is the front-runner for the left field job.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:14:16 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon said the idea of being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays interests him even more than pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers would have. Papelbon has a vesting $13 million option for the 2016 season, and he wouldn't say if he'd require the option to be guaranteed in order to accept a deal to Toronto.
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon is a pretty safe saves option for fantasy baseball owners this year, since he'll likely be closing even if he's traded to Toronto. After Francisco Rodriguez re-signed in Milwaukee, that makes a Paps trade even less likely, though, which means saves speculators may need to practice even more patience with Ken Giles now. Stay tuned.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:14:45 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) will likely need surgery to fix torn cartilage in his left knee, but he will seek a second opinion first, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Saunders was on crutches Thursday, Feb. 26. Anthopoulos said the team will look internally to replace him, but they are open to a trade or a free agent.
Fantasy Tip: Saunders will no longer be worth a late-round stab in mixed league drafts. Dalton Pompey's sleeper status receives a pretty big boost, though, and you should look to him in the later rounds for his speed skills.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:15:35 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders (knee) will require surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and he'll be out until at least the All-Star break. Saunders suffered the injury in the outfield when he stepped on a soft spot of ground near an underground sprinkler Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Fantasy Tip: Saunders was a fringe consideration in mixed leagues, but he'll be one to watch during the season for a potential waiver claim.
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