Phil Hughes Signs With the Twins
Dec01

Phil Hughes Signs With the Twins

As we found out this beautiful, sunny cold, dreary Sunday morning, right-hander Phil Hughes has signed with the Minnesota Twins, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. Hughes’ deal is worth $24 million over 3 years. Hughes has posted 4.3 fWAR over the past three seasons accompanied by ERAs of 5.79, 4.23, and 5.19 in that time. Moving to a pitcher’s park and away from the pitcher nightmare of Yankee Stadium...

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Bird Seed: Nolasco, Trade Market Taking Shape, Payroll, 5 Reasons to Sign Cano
Nov30

Bird Seed: Nolasco, Trade Market Taking Shape, Payroll, 5 Reasons to Sign Cano

Bird Seed is your regular recap of recent baseball happenings, information, rumours, and how it all affects the Blue Jays. The starting pitching market took a bit of a hit this past week, with right-hander Ricky Nolasco being scooped up by the Minnesota Twins. Nolasco, 31 in December, was signed to a four-year, $49 million deal with a vesting option for the 2018 season that comes with a $1 million buyout. Nolasco has been worth at...

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Jays Looking at Saltalamacchia?
Nov27

Jays Looking at Saltalamacchia?

A quick little blurb about the Jays and Jarrod Saltalamacchia; Jon Heyman is reporting that the Twins, Rockies, and possibly the Blue Jays are interested in Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox have made a two-year offer to Salty, while still checking out other catchers on the market. Saltalamacchia had a very good season with the Red Sox in 2013, hitting .273/.338/.466 and providing an impressive 3.6 fWAR. With  Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz and...

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Bird Seed: McCann, Peralta, Samardzija, Nolasco, Anthopoulos
Nov24

Bird Seed: McCann, Peralta, Samardzija, Nolasco, Anthopoulos

Bird Seed is your regular recap of recent baseball happenings, information, rumours, and how it all affects the Blue Jays. The catching market got even thinner yesterday when the Yankees gave Brian McCann a five year, 85 million dollar contract to shave his facial hair and catch baseballs for them. The contract apparently includes a vesting option on the sixth year at $15 million. McCann has been worth 3.9, 1.7, and 2.7 fWAR in his...

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Dodgers, Jays Discussed Matt Kemp Trade
Nov21

Dodgers, Jays Discussed Matt Kemp Trade

Shi Davidi recently reported that The Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers discussed a Matt Kemp trade during the GM Meetings. Davidi claims that nothing came to fruition, but it is interesting that the Jays would be interested in Kemp’s services. The idea isn’t believed to have gained any traction at all—Kemp has six seasons remaining on his $160-million, eight-year deal, which is beyond the Blue Jays’ maximum of five-year...

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What is Jose Bautista Worth?
Nov19

What is Jose Bautista Worth?

The Blue Jays are in a rather awkward situation. In 2013 they went all-in for short term success by selling the farm and upping the payroll, but they crapped out hard. Now Alex Anthopoulos has more or less forced himself to try and compete in the next couple of years despite having a team that clearly (if 2012 was any indication) needs some significant improvements, a payroll situation likely near its allotted ceiling, and a minor...

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