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The Season that Was: Colby Rasmus

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Published: Oct 29, 2014, 10:45 am EDT

A look at Colby Rasmus' 2014 season. Colby Rasmus came into this season following his best season ever, the season that was supposed to be the turning point to his career. He was going to become the star we all hoped he'd become. Not that there wasn't some worrying shadows....

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Blue Jays claim Justin Smoak from Mariners off waivers

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Published: Oct 28, 2014, 2:53 pm EDT

The Blue Jays have picked up Justin Smoak off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Smoak was a 1st round draft pick by the Rangers (number 11 overall) in 2008. Smoak has never lived up to that first round pick status. He has a .224/.309/.380 slash line, with 74 home runs,...

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On self-imposed contract limits

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Published: Oct 28, 2014, 1:48 pm EDT

Scott Boras had a few things to say about the Blue Jays 5-year contract limit. As usual, when Boras talks, it is all self interest. Boras, of course, would like to count on the Jays to be another team he can use to run up the price on his free...

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Mark Buehrle on the trading block?

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Published: Oct 26, 2014, 2:52 pm EDT

Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, gives us this little nugget of information: Mark Buehrle, LHP, Blue Jays - Buehrle will be made available in a trade, though his $19 million contract will likely be a deterrent unless the Jays are willing to assume part of it. The Jays need to replenish...

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The Season that Was: Dioner Navarro

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Published: Oct 26, 2014, 2:26 pm EDT

A look at Dioner Navarro's 2014 season. Coming into the season Dioner Navarro was our 'big' free agent signing of the off-season. getting a big 2 year, $8 million contract. Dioner had a good 2013 season, for the Cubs, hitting .300/.365/.492 in 89 games. There were worries about how durable...

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The Season that Was: J.A. Happ

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Published: Oct 23, 2014, 4:16 pm EDT

A look at J.A. Happ's 2014 season. I'll admit that, after the 2013 season, J.A. Happ was high on my list of lest favorite pitchers. It wasn't really fair, he missed a good part of the season, after the line drive drive to the head and knee injury that came...

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Heyman: Jays 'begin' talks with Melky Cabrera

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Published: Oct 23, 2014, 3:02 pm EDT

Jon Heyman tells us that the Blue Jays have started contract talks with Melky Cabrera. The Blue Jays have begun contract talks with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera. Toronto is very interested in bringing back Cabrera, and is said to be willing to offer at least a three-year deal following Cabrera's...

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Wednesday Bantering: On Lind, Cabrera and more

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Published: Oct 22, 2014, 2:30 pm EDT

Baseball seems incredibly trivial at the moment. I wish the best for the the police and military in Ottawa, and everyone one in Ottawa. Here are a few links, if you want to take your eyes off the news for a moment or two. Bob Elliot tells us that Adam...

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The Season that Was: Edwin Encarnacion

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Published: Oct 21, 2014, 12:15 pm EDT

A look at Edwin Encarnacion's 2014 season. Edwin Encarnacion came into the 2014 season having established himself as one of the best power hitters in the game over the past couple of season. In 2013 he hit 36 home runs, drove in 104 runs and walked more than he stuck...

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Melky Cabrera finishes 5th in AL Comeback Player of the Year voting

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Published: Oct 20, 2014, 8:13 pm EDT

I thought Melky Cabrera had a shot at the Sporting News AL Comeback Player of the Year award. He came back from a terrible 2013 season, where he hit .279/.322/.360 in 88 games, and played the outfield like he was Tim Conway doing one of his old man bits. This year he...

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