During time with Blue Jays, Matz says he found his ‘identity as a pitcher’

Source: Sportnet
Date: 2021-12-01

Steven Matz is taking his talents to the St. Louis Cardinals for the next four years, but his time with the Toronto Blue Jays gave him poise, character and set him up for success. The 30-year-old discovered some more of his identity with the Jays during the 2021 season. He pitched more than 150 innings and posted a 14-7 record with a 3.82 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 43 walks. That success, he says, is at least in part due to Toronto’s staff. “Pete Walker really helped me with … finding my id

Watch Live: New Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman, GM Ross Atkins address media

Source: Sportnet
Date: 2021-12-01

Editor’s note: If a stream does not appear at the scheduled time, 3 p.m. ET, please refresh the page. New Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman, on the heels of his five-year deal being made official, will speak with the media on Wednesday. Joining him will be Ross Atkins, the team’s general manager. Their comments can be seen in full right here on sportsnet.ca through the video player atop this page, starting at approximately 3 p.m. ET.

Blue Jays, Mets among teams reportedly interested in LHP Yusei Kikuchi

Source: YardBarker
Date: 2021-12-01

The starting pitching market has been red hot of late as teams have been trying to bolster their rotations before the current CBA expires Wednesday night, which is widely expected to lead to a lockout and transaction freeze.

Blue Jays, Mets Among Teams Interested In Yusei Kikuchi

Source: MLB Trade Rumors
Date: 2021-12-01

The starting pitching market has been red hot of late as teams have been trying to bolster their rotations before the current CBA expires tonight, which is widely expected to lead to a lockout and transaction freeze. One intriguing name that remains available is Yusei Kikuchi. The lefty has attracted the attention of the Blue Jays, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, as well as the Mets, per Andy Martino of SNY. Kikuchi, 30, is one of the more difficult pitchers to value on the market. Aft

Wednesday OpenThread

Source: Bluebird Banter
Date: 2021-12-01

Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty ImagesI'm heading up to Edmonton to close the sale of my parent's condo (yay). It sold for more than I expected and far quicker, so life is good. The CBA negotiations will start getting serious today (serious doesn't mean they will agree anytime soon) because the old CBA ends at midnight, and we are told everything will come to a halt when that happens. This makes me think it will be a long, long winter for those of us who write about baseball. The players want: Free

Blue Jays off-season catch-up: Join us tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Twitter Spaces

Source: The Toronto Star
Date: 2021-12-01

Join Deep Left Field podcast host Mike Wilner, baseball columnist Gregor Chisholm and Blue Jays reporter Laura Armstrong on Twitter Spaces at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday to discuss all things Blue Jays.

Blue Jays Release Breyvic Valera

Source: MLB Trade Rumors
Date: 2021-12-01

The Blue Jays announced yesterday that infielder Breyvic Valera has been released.  Valera will be joining another league overseas (hat tip to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae). The Jays acquired Valera in a waiver claim off the Yankees’ roster in September 2019, only for the Padres to claim him away in February 2020 before Toronto re-claimed him in July of that year.  Valera spent the 2020 season on the restricted list due to travel difficulties in leaving his native Venezuela during the midst of t

Blue Jays: International Prospect, Luis Meza expected to sign with Toronto

Source: Jays Journal
Date: 2021-12-01

The off-season is HOT right now around the entire league. The Toronto Blue Jays are beefing up the pitching staff, while multiple players across the show are picking up their enlarged paycheques and securing their employment for the next five to seven years. We can speak on all that, however, let’s pay some attention to […] Blue Jays: International Prospect, Luis Meza expected to sign with Toronto - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Blue Jays Release Breyvic Valera

Source: YardBarker
Date: 2021-12-01

The Blue Jays announced yesterday that infielder Breyvic Valera has been released.  Valera will be joining another league overseas (hat tip to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae).

Blue Jays Sign Kevin Gausman

Source: YardBarker
Date: 2021-12-01

The Blue Jays have made another big strike in free agency, signing right-hander Kevin Gausman to a five-year, $110MM deal.  Gausman is represented by Tidal Sports.

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