Blue Jays have 4 intriguing Rule 5 possibilities

Unprotected talent may attract other clubs to make selections

Blue Jays have 4 intriguing Rule 5 possibilities

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have not lost a player through the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft since 2010, but that could change this year.

Toronto had a long list of prospects eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Dec. 14, and there were only so many spots on the 40-man roster to offer as protection. The inevitable numbers crunch left several intriguing players on the outside looking in following Monday's deadline to set the roster.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays unveil plans for first Winter Fest

New event spin on Winter Tour, which is set to return for 8th year

Blue Jays unveil plans for first Winter Fest

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have announced plans for their first Winter Fest, which is set to take place on Jan. 20 at Rogers Centre.

The brand-new event will feature select players, rookies and Blue Jays alumni with appearances by the front office and coaching staff. Additional details will be made available in the coming weeks, but fans can expect field access, ballpark tours and live entertainment.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clemens tops 7 Blue Jays on HOF ballot

Clemens tops 7 Blue Jays on HOF ballot

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have seven former players on the ballot for possible entry into next year's Baseball Hall of Fame class.

The 2018 ballot was released on Monday afternoon and it includes former Toronto RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Roger Clemens, 2B Orlando Hudson, 2B Jeff Kent, 1B Fred McGriff , 3B Scott Rolen and SS Omar Vizquel.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays acquire Ngoepe from Bucs

Rowley, Ramirez outrighted from 40-man roster; Refsnyder lost on waivers

Blue Jays acquire Ngoepe from Bucs

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins was a busy man on Monday night as he pulled off a minor trade, added five players to the 40-man roster and parted ways with three others.

Major League teams had until 8 p.m. ET on Monday night to protect players from next month's Rule 5 Draft. Toronto added right-hander Conner Greene, catchers Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire, left-hander Thomas Pannone and first baseman Rowdy Tellez to the 40-man roster, while catcher Max Pentecost and right-handers Jordan Romano and Andrew Case were among those left exposed.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: How will Toronto commemorate Doc?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers questions from fans

Inbox: How will Toronto commemorate Doc?

What will the Blue Jays do to celebrate Roy Halladay, and when will his number be retired?
-- Tim D., Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Blue Jays are currently discussing how to properly honor Halladay's memory and their plans will be made public when the timing is appropriate. The first thing Toronto is expected to do is make sure no player wears No. 32 again. After that, everything should be left up to the family. It's only a matter of time before Halladay's number is officially retired and his name added to the club's Level of Excellence, but it is his family's right to decide when they are ready for such an honor.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Davis among AFL's breakout prospects

Davis among AFL's breakout prospects

With the completion of the Arizona Fall League season on Saturday comes a run of "AFL in review" type stories. Last week, Mike Rosenbaum weighed in with 10 players who stood out to him during his time there. Later this week, Jim Callis will have an AFL top prospects list and MLBPipeline.com will also have an all-AFL team to peruse.

While those later stories will shine a deserving light on the top prospects around the league, every year there are players who might not be at the top of prospect lists, but who use the Fall League as a bit of a coming out party. These are players who can be considered breakout prospects, with the usual caveat about small sample sizes.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays bring back former prospect McGuire

Toronto's 2010 first-rounder signs Minors deal after debuting with Reds last year

Blue Jays bring back former prospect McGuire

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays brought back a familiar face on Thursday afternoon by signing former first-round pick Deck McGuire to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

McGuire was taken with the 11th overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft and spent parts of four years in the Blue Jays' Minor League system, but never advanced above Triple-A. He later had stints with the A's and Cardinals before making his big league debut with the Reds in 2017.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Zeuch among AFL title game standouts

Zeuch among AFL title game standouts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The fall of Ronald Acuna concluded in appropriate fashion. The Arizona Fall League's best prospect and MVP led its best team to the championship Saturday afternoon, driving in four runs as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 8-2.

After the Braves outfielder lined out to third base in his first at-bat, he went down to get a breaking ball from Cubs right-hander Alec Mills and lined it into center field for a third-inning RBI single that tied the game 2-2. An inning later, Acuna fought off a high fastball from right-hander Jake Stinnett and dumping it into right-center for a two-run single that doubled Peoria's lead to 6-2. He later capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Toronto open to signing FAs who receive QOs

GM Atkins mum on Cain, but says free agents tied to compensation not necessarily a deterrent

Toronto open to signing FAs who receive QOs

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are not opposed to signing a free agent tied to compensation, but general manager Ross Atkins won't say whether that applies to outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday evening that Toronto reached out to Cain's representatives about a possible fit. Atkins declined comment when asked about the rumor at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., but he also did not rule out signing someone who received a qualifying offer.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays remember Halladay's heart, class

'You were one of the most humble stars I've ever seen,' says former GM Ricciardi at emotional ceremony

Blue Jays remember Halladay's heart, class

The Blue Jays family joined the entire baseball community on Tuesday afternoon to mourn the loss of Roy Halladay and pay tribute to the man who impacted so many lives across Canada and the United States.

Former teammates Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells, A.J. Burnett, Jose Bautista, John McDonald, Scott Rolen, Jason Frasor and Frank Thomas were just some of those who attended Halladay's memorial service at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. Former pitching coaches Bruce Walton, Brad Arnsberg and Dane Johnson were there, too, along with representatives from Toronto's current front office.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halladay's life, impact celebrated at memorial

Family, friends and former teammates gather for emotional ceremony

Halladay's life, impact celebrated at memorial

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Halladay's family, friends and teammates shared stories and memories for nearly an hour on Tuesday evening at Spectrum Field.

Then, Brandy Halladay stepped to the microphone.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays aim to add versatility to roster

Blue Jays aim to add versatility to roster

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have several areas of need this offseason, and the first priority appears to be adding a versatile infielder that increases overall depth.

Toronto's roster was decimated by injuries in 2017 and the club was forced to compete for much of the year without its starting middle infield. Shortstops Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis combined to appear in just 116 games last season and the club was ill-prepared to compete without them.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stroman holds youth clinic on Long Island

Gold Glove winner hosts free program in hometown as part of 'Players Going Home' initiative

Stroman holds youth clinic on Long Island

NEW YORK -- Four days after winning his first career Gold Glove, Marcus Stroman was back on Long Island, telling a crowd of eager young listeners all about it, and showing them how they could follow in his footsteps to a big league pitcher's mound.

The Blue Jays right-hander, who grew up on Long Island and attended Patchogue-Medford High School, spent Saturday morning hosting a free youth baseball clinic organized by Pro Camps at Hofstra University, part of MLB's "Players Going Home" program.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays announce Spring Training schedule

Blue Jays announce Spring Training schedule

TORONTO -- Major League Baseball's offseason has only just begun, but already it feels like Spring Training is just around the corner. With approximately three months until the start of camp, Toronto announced its home schedule for the 2018 Grapefruit League season on Friday morning.

The Blue Jays will host 16 games, and every American League East rival will make one trip to Dunedin Stadium in 2018. The spring home opener will take place against Philadelphia on Feb. 23, while the club's final tune-up will come on March 26-27 with a two-game exhibition series against the Cardinals in Montreal.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Maple Leafs honoured Roy Halladay

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The Maple Leafs honoured Roy Halladay

Tragedy struck the baseball world Tuesday when all-time great pitcher Roy Halladay passed away at the age of 40 after his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Dozens of players and fans came shared their stories of the right-hander, the Toronto Raptors had a moment of silence on Tuesday and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office revealed how Halladay made an impact by giving the department a K-9 dog

The Toronto Maple Leafs also paid their respects to Halladay before their game against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night:

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Mark Feinsand

Burnett praises Halladay's influence on career

Right-hander remembers two-time Cy Young Award winner as 'best pitcher I ever played with'

Burnett praises Halladay's influence on career

When A.J. Burnett signed with the Blue Jays in late 2005, he was already an accomplished Major League starter with more than 130 starts, 49 wins and a no-hitter under his belt.

But when the hard-throwing right-hander reported for his first Spring Training with Toronto, he quickly realized he had a long way to go if he wanted to be the pitcher he hoped to be.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statement from the Halladay Family

Our family is heartbroken in confirming that Roy passed away in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon. While many will remember him for his success as a major league pitcher, we remember him as an amazing father, loving husband and loyal friend.

Roy had many accomplishments in his professional career, the memories of which we will cherish forever. He described each achievement as a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment, a true testament to his character and love for his teammates.

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Doc recalled at Torre's Safe at Home event

Doc recalled at Torre's Safe at Home event

NEW YORK -- The loss of former All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay on Tuesday of course was still on the minds of those around Major League Baseball on Wednesday, including dignitaries interviewed on the red carpet of Joe Torre's annual Safe at Home Foundation fundraiser dinner at Cipriani in Manhattan.

Halladay died on Tuesday afternoon when the ICON A5 he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Humble Halladay never lost track of his roots

Humble Halladay never lost track of his roots

The eighth-grade English assignment seemed relatively simple. The teacher instructed the students to write an essay on what they wanted to be when they grow up with the warning, "Don't be submitting any silly goals like President or professional athlete."

Harry LeRoy Halladay III was in a quandary. All he had ever wanted to be was a baseball player. Halladay, better known as Roy, had been playing catch with his father since he was 3. He was the youngest on his T-ball team at the age of 5. And in the basement of the family home was a batting cage his father built.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, < b> Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halladay dies in plane crash off Florida coast

Former Blue Jays, Phillies hurler won 2 Cy Young Awards, threw no-hitter in postseason

Halladay dies in plane crash off Florida coast

The baseball community has lost one of its all-time greats far too soon. Longtime Blue Jays and Phillies star Roy Halladay passed away at the age of 40 following a tragic plane crash in Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Halladay's ICON A5 light sport aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately noon ET. Halladay was an avid pilot who frequently talked about his love of flying and recently posted images and video of his aircraft to social media.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stroman wins first AL Gold Glove Award

Stroman wins first AL Gold Glove Award

TORONTO -- The Stro Show has some new gold to add to his collection of hardware.

Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman picked up his first American League Gold Glove Award when Rawlings officially unveiled its list of winners on Tuesday night. Stroman earned the award over Boston's Chris Sale and Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb, while Kevin Pillar was named a runner-up in center field.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Paul Hagen

RIP, Doc: 'Your favorite player's favorite player'

Halladay's legacy extends far beyond game

RIP, Doc: 'Your favorite player's favorite player'

Roy Halladay won his second Cy Young Award in 2010, and that created a little bit of a problem. He wanted to find a way to acknowledge the role his Phillies catcher, Carlos Ruiz, played in his success. And Halladay wanted to do it as quietly as possible.

So Halladay surreptitiously ordered a replica of the award, wrapped it in a plain brown box and left it at Ruiz's locker after a Grapefruit League game. The message he scrawled on top was typically understated. "To: Chooch. From: Roy."

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Paul Hagen is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Halladay was everybody's hero

Halladay was everybody's hero

"Life is frittered away by detail. … Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity." -- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

Roy Halladay simplified pitching. This was at the heart of his baseball greatness. He took this big, sprawling, complicated thing, this intricate art form weighed down by so many details -- by pitches, counts, batting styles, scouting reports and arm slots and fluctuating strike zones and high-leverage situations and low-leverage situations -- and he boiled it down to its essence.

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Joe Posnanski is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scout who drafted Halladay shares '95 report

Wilken tried to connect with late pitcher the day before crash

Scout who drafted Halladay shares '95 report

On Monday, Arizona Diamondbacks scout Tim Wilken stopped by a high school baseball field near Clearwater, Fla. He wanted to give the Calvary Christian pitching coach Roy Halladay a copy of the scouting report from 1995 when Wilken, then with the Blue Jays, first saw the right-handed pitcher Toronto would draft in the first round two months later.

Halladay wasn't at the game. On Tuesday, Wilken and the rest of the baseball world were shocked by the news that Halladay had died at the age of 40 when the ICON A5 plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball world mourns Halladay's passing

Commissioner Manfred, former teammates, current players remember two-time Cy Young Award winner

Baseball world mourns Halladay's passing

When news broke that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay had passed away in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the baseball world was grief-stricken, with reactions pouring in on social media. Halladay is survived by his wife Brandy and their two sons.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the franchises Halladay pitched for, former managers and teammates of the two-time Cy Young Award winner, as well as other former and current MLB players, plus those outside the game, have shared their thoughts:

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Selfless Halladay defined by tireless work ethic

Selfless Halladay defined by tireless work ethic

Roy Halladay walked into the visitors' clubhouse at Camden Yards drenched in sweat, wearing an expression of exhaustion in the hours before a September game in Baltimore. The Blue Jays' ace looked like he had just finished flipping oversized tires in the stadium parking lot amidst Maryland's fatiguing humidity.

This was not all that unusual of a scene -- Halladay's workout routine during his playing days bordered on legendary -- except for one important bit of detail. This was the final day of the 2008 regular season, and the pitcher had no more starts left on the schedule. His next outing would be Opening Day, seven months in the future.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halladay's 10 greatest moments on the hill

Halladay's 10 greatest moments on the hill

Roy Halladay was one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, and one of the greatest pitchers in the histories of the Blue Jays and Phillies. He died Tuesday after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Holiday, Fla. Halladay was 40.

Here is a look at arguably his 10 greatest moments on the mound:

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.