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Blue Jays infielder Devon Travis’ ability to hit to entire field makes him offensive threat

By Israel Fehr

PUBLISHED: Feb 27, 2017, 7:30 am EST

DUNEDIN, Fla. – In just two injury-shortened seasons, Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has pulled off a feat many major-league hitters struggle to ever achieve. As a rookie in 2015, he hit .304 in 62 games (217 at-bats) before his season ended early due to a shoulder injury. When he recovered and returned to […]

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On Blue Jays’ new reliever Joe Smith, his FIP and what to expect in 2017

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Feb 5, 2017, 6:00 pm EST

Evaluating relief pitchers is tricky business. Contradictions often litter their statistics. Their most recent season is not always a useful omen. And they are the most volatile commodity in baseball. Which brings us to Joe Smith, the veteran right-hander just signed by...

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Blue Jays prospect Reese McGuire can catch. Question is can he hit?

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Feb 1, 2017, 8:00 am EST

Catching is in Reese McGuire’s DNA. His father and uncle were catchers. His grandfather caught for the Duke University team that went to the College World Series in 1952. All three tutored him when he played in Little League. And they gave...

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Rowdy Tellez aims to become Blue Jays rarity: a homegrown slugger

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Jan 30, 2017, 2:17 pm EST

This might be a fitting way to start a story about Rowdy Tellez, since this is a fantasy a lot of Toronto fans are conjuring these days. (To fill out the...

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Learning to focus: Blue Jays’ holistic approach to developing prospects

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Jan 25, 2017, 2:48 pm EST

For Sean Reid-Foley, the turnaround started with a text from Toronto. Reid-Foley was pitching in low-A Lansing, doing the thing that had forced him to...

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Still fun-loving and irreverent, Lloyd Moseby connects the Blue Jays generations

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Jan 24, 2017, 6:05 am EST

Lloyd Moseby seems to relish the role of irreverent relic. He last played professional baseball in 1993, toiling in Japan while his former team was winning its second consecutive World Series. Today, he remains part of the Blue Jays family, but sometimes...

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Jose Bautista returns, keeping it vague with the media and delighting a mob of surprised fans

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Jan 21, 2017, 4:52 pm EST

Jay Alou looked surprised and a tad befuddled when several reporters approached. He had just finished talking to Ross Atkins, and he clearly did not want to talk to us. For most of the next 90 seconds, he was backpedalling, a few...

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Blue Jays bromance on the rocks? Stroman and Sanchez still friends, but ‘not as close’

By Sean Fitz-Gerald

PUBLISHED: Jan 20, 2017, 11:41 am EST

Near the end of an informal chat with reporters at Rogers Centre, Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman was asked to address one of the franchise’s most pressing issues: Is he really feuding with teammate Aaron Sanchez? On social media, the two had...

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Name-dropping Edward Rogers: 10 takeaways from Ross Atkins’ dialogue around the Jose Bautista deal

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Jan 19, 2017, 6:09 pm EST

In the wake of a major trade or free-agent signing, a general manager is obliged to pay tribute to ownership for cutting the cheque. In the Blue Jays’ case, the GM normally starts his news conference with a brief, devoted nod to...

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At first, the Blue Jays did not want Jose Bautista. Now, suddenly, they want him again.

By John Lott

PUBLISHED: Jan 17, 2017, 5:34 pm EST

Jose Bautista entered free agency dragging an anvil and wearing an albatross. He just didn’t realize the weight of his burden. The anvil was his 2016 season, his worst since he morphed into a home-run/on-base machine in 2010. The albatross was the...

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