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Out Of Options Players: AL East

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

The following 40-man roster players have less than five years service time and are out of minor league options. That means they must clear waivers before being sent to the minors, so the team would be at risk of losing them in attempting to do so. I've included players on multiyear deals....

Mar 10, 2014, 11:45 am EDT via mlbtraderumors.com

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Mar 10, 2014, 11:45 am

Another Bite At The Apple: Opt-Out Clauses In MLB

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

An inside look at the ten MLB players who received opt-out clauses, with quotes from agents and a former GM. ...

Feb 20, 2014, 3:00 pm EST via mlbtraderumors.com

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Feb 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Discounted Josh Johnson Is Low Risk, High Reward For Padres

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

The Padres have long held a competitive advantage in that San Diego is a desirable place to play baseball, specifically with a large, pitcher-friendly ballpark. They can often sign free agent starting pitchers without making the highest bid, as was the case with their one-year, $8MM deal for righty Josh Johnson.

Nov 20, 2013, 12:29 am EST via mlbtraderumors.com

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Nov 20, 2013, 12:29 am

Josh Johnson Not Getting Qualifying Offer

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

The Blue Jays will not be making a qualifying offer to righty Josh Johnson, MLBTR has learned. Even after a lost season wrecked by injuries, there was a small chance that the Jays would overpay to get the 29-year-old under contract for 2014. Had the Blue Jays made the $14.1MM qualifying offer,...

Nov 4, 2013, 1:50 pm EST via mlbtraderumors.com

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Nov 4, 2013, 1:50 pm

2014 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

This is the third year for our free agent prediction contest, which allows you to test your prognostication abilities against those of the MLBTR writing team as well as other readers. Last year 5,239 people entered, with Josh Larabee taking home the batting title with 20 correct picks and a .400 average.

Nov 3, 2013, 11:07 pm EST via mlbtraderumors.com

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Nov 3, 2013, 11:07 pm

Free Agent Profile: Josh Johnson

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

Before the season began, Blue Jays righty Josh Johnson ranked third on my Free Agent Power Rankings, which serves as an example of how tantalizing his abilities can be. He lasted four starts before hitting the DL with triceps tightness. He returned over a month later and made another dozen starts before...

Oct 14, 2013, 10:57 pm EDT via mlbtraderumors.com

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Oct 14, 2013, 10:57 pm

Arbitration Eligibles: Toronto Blue Jays

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

Matt Swartz has developed a very accurate model that MLBTR uses to project arbitration salaries, as explained in this series of posts. We've heard from many MLB teams and agencies that reference the projections in their work. The Blue Jays are next in our series. Estimated service time is in parentheses, and...

Oct 3, 2013, 3:46 pm EDT via mlbtraderumors.com

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Oct 3, 2013, 3:46 pm

Josh Johnson Has Elbow Surgery; Expected To Be Ready For Spring Training

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

Righty Josh Johnson underwent minor elbow surgery this morning to remove bone spurs, agent Matt Sosnick tells MLBTR. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure, telling Johnson he feels the discomfort caused by the spurs was the cause of his struggles with the Blue Jays this year. No issues were found with Johnson's...

Oct 1, 2013, 12:21 pm EDT via mlbtraderumors.com

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Oct 1, 2013, 12:21 pm

Blue Jays Designate Schwimer For Assignment

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

The Blue Jays designated righty Michael Schwimer for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for southpaw J.A. Happ, tweeted Mike Wilner of the Fan 590 last night. Happ will take on the Mariners in Seattle Wednesday afternoon, his first start since being struck on the head by a line drive in a May 7th outing against the Rays. Schwimer,...

Aug 6, 2013, 9:27 am EDT via mlbtraderumors.com

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Aug 6, 2013, 9:27 am

Tigers Talking Relievers With Blue Jays

Tim Dierkes | MLB Trade RumorsDetails

The Tigers have been in contact with the Blue Jays regarding bullpen arms, tweets Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. It was previously reported they were talking to the Giants about Javier Lopez, and the Jays have their own veteran southpaw in Darren Oliver. ...

Jul 31, 2013, 1:23 pm EDT via mlbtraderumors.com

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