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Back to square '21: Vlad Jr.'s sights set on superstar form

@KeeganMatheson
February 20, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here for years. It’s not Spring Training until Vladimir Guerrero Jr. takes center stage and the opening bell officially sounds when he sets expectations high for the year ahead. The names and numbers change, but outside of his mammoth 2021

Pearson debuting splitter in pursuit of breakout campaign

@KeeganMatheson
February 20, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Nate Pearson’s career has unfolded in flashes, some of them bright enough to blind you. In an effort to keep those lights on, he’s changed roles, tinkered with deliveries and rehabbed from what feels like a dozen different injuries. Up that mountain he goes, again and again.

Rodríguez bringing intensity, mystery to debut season

@KeeganMatheson
February 19, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Yariel Rodríguez is baseball’s rarest commodity: a mystery. One of the best young starters Cuba has produced in years, Rodríguez went on to star as a reliever in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons, then took the 2023 season off while he established residency in the Dominican Republic

How Turner's experience can play a pivotal role during position battles 

@KeeganMatheson
February 19, 2024

DUNEDIN, FLA. -- The month-long game of musical chairs has begun. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette can settle into their recliners and kick their feet up, but second base, third base and the bench jobs that will support those positions aren’t nearly as clear. That’s by design on a

Bassitt peels back curtain on 'unique' Blue Jays rotation

@KeeganMatheson
February 18, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays’ rotation is the heartbeat of this organization, whether the other vital organs cooperate or not. This group can only pump so hard for so long, though, coming off a season where Kevin Gausman, Chris Bassitt, José Berríos and Yusei Kikuchi combined to pitch 742

Sound familiar? Blue Jays in best shape of their lives

@KeeganMatheson
February 18, 2024

This story was excerpted from Keegan Matheson’s Blue Jays Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Jansen staying focused heading into free-agent year

@KeeganMatheson
February 17, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- There’s something that feels so permanent about Danny Jansen, the busiest man in Dunedin each spring since the dawn of time. As the Blue Jays’ complex turns into a baseball beehive for another year, no player has been here longer than Jansen, who first walked through these

Injuries & Moves: Vogelbach signs Minors deal

February 18, 2024

As Spring Training opens in Dunedin, Fla., this is where you'll find the latest news on Blue Jays transactions and injury updates all season long.

Here's everything you need to know about Spring Breakout

@SamDykstraMiLB
February 15, 2024

One of the great joys of the annual All-Star Futures Game is the chance to put some of the game’s top prospects on one field in the middle of the summer and let them show off the tools that make them the future of baseball. But what if instead of

For Kiermaier, the grass is greener in Toronto

Outfielder's love for Blue Jays outweighs concerns over artificial turf
@jonmorosi
February 17, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- After an abrupt exit from last year’s postseason, Kevin Kiermaier thought he’d played his final game in center field for the Toronto Blue Jays. Kiermaier, who debuted with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, had spent his entire career with teams that play on artificial turf. At

Bulked-up Tiedemann earning double takes: 'I feel completely ready to go'

@KeeganMatheson
February 16, 2024

DUNEDIN, FLA. -- On an early Spring Training morning two years ago, a Blue Jays pitching coach leaned in to whisper a question about a third-round teenager who’d never thrown a professional pitch. “Have you seen Ricky Tiedemann? Dude’s built like a Greek god,” they said. We were about to

Spring Breakout talent could impact Blue Jays sooner rather than later

@KeeganMatheson
February 16, 2024

DUNEDIN, FLA. -- The Blue Jays’ Spring Breakout game won’t just be a glimpse of the faraway future. On a roster leaning so heavily on improvements from within, the stars of tomorrow may need to arrive, well … tomorrow. Consider Spring Breakout the ultimate prospect showcase. Spread across four days

Blue Jays add Escobar to bolster infield depth

@KeeganMatheson
February 16, 2024

DUNEDIN, FLA. -- The Blue Jays have added another chair to an already crowded table, signing veteran infielder Eduardo Escobar to a Minor League deal with an invitation to MLB Spring Training. Escobar rolled into the Blue Jays’ complex just prior to 8 a.m. on Friday morning, chasing what would

Manoah ready to flip script on '23, reclaim leading role

@KeeganMatheson
February 15, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- There’s a Hollywood script laid out in Dunedin this spring waiting for Alek Manoah to step in and play the leading man. The Blue Jays need a hero. They need a feel-good story, a comeback story, something that launches this organization out of the orbit it’s been

3 key storylines for Toronto this spring

@KeeganMatheson
February 15, 2024

This story was excerpted from Keegan Matheson's Blue Jays Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Projecting the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster

@KeeganMatheson
February 12, 2024

TORONTO -- If you like Spring Training competitions, you’re in the wrong place. The Blue Jays are essentially running it back, leaving them in a similar place to a year ago as camp opens in Dunedin, Fla. This veteran roster is, for the most part, locked in.

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Bichette gives back to hometown, hosts Play Ball event in St. Petersburg

@KeeganMatheson
February 14, 2024

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Days before the dawn of a new season, with massive expectations leaning on the Blue Jays, Bo Bichette was building the game in his own backyard. Bichette hosted a Play Ball event recently in St. Petersburg, Fla., near his home, with 75 kids from the Wildwood Heights

Breaking down every team's impact offseason moves

February 14, 2024

MLB’s offseason has been dominated by headline-grabbing superstar signings and blockbuster trades, so it’s understandable if some of your favorite teams’ moves went under the radar. To help you out, here is a list of each team’s offseason moves, breaking down who has left and who’s been acquired for all

1 key Spring Training storyline for each team

February 12, 2024

We've made it through another offseason and Spring Training is finally at hand. With the opening of camps in Arizona and Florida comes a plethora of storylines across baseball as each club prepares for Opening Day. Here's a look at one key storyline for each team as Spring Training gets

The prospect to watch at Blue Jays camp

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 14, 2024

Spring won't officially arrive for another month, but Spring Training has. Pitchers and catchers officially have reported and the remainder of the position players will do so early next week. Let the competition for big league jobs begin! Below, we identify an interesting prospect in each organization who’s vying for

9 new City Connect uniforms coming in 2024

@bmags94
February 13, 2024

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball and Nike announced that nine clubs will release new City Connect uniforms during the 2024 season. Between Opening Day and the All-Star Break, the Guardians, Tigers, Dodgers, Twins, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, Rays and Blue Jays will unveil new City Connect uniforms. Introduced in the 2021

MLB.TV is back and better than ever for 2024

@HarriganMLB
February 13, 2024

MLB.TV is back for 2024! With Spring Training set to begin and Opening Day right around the corner, you can now subscribe to MLB’s streaming service for the 2024 season. An MLB.TV All Teams Yearly subscription -- which enables you to watch every out-of-market regular-season game (plus select Spring Training

Every ranked prospect in big league camp

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JoeTrezz and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 13, 2024

You see it every Spring Training. Invited to Major League camp, there are always prospects who shine so bright under the Florida or Arizona sun that they force their organizations' hand. Given a chance, they swing or pitch their way onto a big league roster or simply make a splash,

Blue Jays announce 5-year deal with Cuban righty Rodríguez

@KeeganMatheson
February 9, 2024

TORONTO -- After agreeing to a deal in January, the Blue Jays announced on Friday they'd signed Cuban right-hander Yariel Rodríguez to a five-year, $32 million contract. “Yariel brings a diverse arsenal, impressive athleticism, and ability to get swing and miss to our team,” said Ross Atkins, EVP of baseball