#Toronto Blue Jays

RUMOR: Details on Cardinals’ pursuit of Willson Contreras, other catchers

Everyone knows that the St. Louis Cardinals are searching for a new everyday catcher this offseason following the retirement of legendary backstop Yadier Molina. While it remains to be seen which direction the Cardinals take in terms of their pursuit of a catcher, it may not be long until the dust settles on St. Louis’ […] The post RUMOR: Details on Cardinals’ pursuit of Willson Contreras, other catchers appeared first on ClutchPoints.
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Red Sox Reportedly Beat Out (At Least) These Teams For Kenley Jansen

The Red Sox have been beaten by other teams throughout free agency, but Wednesday was Boston’s time to return the favor. Kenley Jansen reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $32 million. He’ll likely be the Red Sox’s closer and certainly will boost the bullpen after it struggled mightily in 2022.

Longtime Cubs radio voice Hughes wins Frick Award

CHICAGO (AP) — Pat Hughes, the longtime radio voice of the Chicago Cubs, won the Hall of Fame’s 2023 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting on Wednesday. The 67-year-old Hughes is the third Cubs broadcaster to receive the award, joining Jack Brickhouse in 1983 and Harry Caray in 1989. He has been the team’s radio announcer for 27 seasons after spending 1983 with Minnesota and 1984-95 with Milwaukee. Hughes has called Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game in 1998, eight Cubs no-hitters and nine postseason appearances. He was at the mic in 2016 when Chicago won its first pennant since 1945 and captured its first World Series championship since 1908. “No one is more deserving of this award than Pat. Outside of his impressive resume, Pat is a truly wonderful person who cares deeply about Cubs fans and the game of baseball,” chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “We’re so incredibly lucky to have had him as a member of the Cubs family for the past 27 seasons and look forward to celebrating this accomplishment, and many more, in the years to come.”
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Where Things Stand With Kodai Senga, Brandon Nimmo

SAN DIEGO - The Mets have had a busy week at Winter Meetings, but they still have work left to do in order to fill out the remaining holes on their roster. Two big names the Mets have been linked to in free agency are their own center fielder Brandon Nimmo and Japanese starting pitcher Kodai Senga.

Report: Phillies, Taijuan Walker agree to 4-year, $72M deal

The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a four-year, $72-million contract with free-agent right-hander Taijuan Walker, a source told Anthony DiComo of The deal doesn't contain any opt-out clauses or option years, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Walker, who spent the last two seasons with the New...

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Who is Taijuan Walker’s Wife? What About His Past Relationships?

American free agent baseball pitcher Taijuan Emmanuel Walker was born on August 13, 1992. He’s spent time on the MLB rosters of four different clubs, including the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Mets. Taijuan Walker Biography. The life story of American baseball star Taijuan...

Old Friend Alert: Former Blue Jays infielder signs with Oakland

As rumors continue to fly and the free agent leaderboard seems to be shrinking by the minute, one former Toronto Blue Jays infielder has found himself a new home. Díaz came up with the Cardinals in 2016 as a versatile defender with some pop in his bat. He spent two seasons in St. Louis before being traded to the Blue Jays in 2017 for minor league outfielder J.B. Woodman, who has since retired.

Report: A's agree to deal with Aledmys Diaz

The Oakland A's and free-agent utility infielder Aledmys Diaz are in agreement on a two-year deal worth $14.5 million, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The deal is pending a physical. Diaz, 32, spent the last four seasons in Houston and is coming off a World Series title with the...

Report: Former Astros' Díaz Agrees to Multi-Year Contract with A's

Aledmys Díaz will play in the American League West the next two seasons but not with the Houston Astros. The utilityman is reportedly in agreement on a two-year contract in the ranged of $14 million with the Oakland Athletics, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Díaz was...

Re-Signing Brandon Nimmo Should Be Of Utmost Importance

As the outfield market becomes increasingly sparse, bringing Brandon Nimmo back into the fold is a move the Mets have to make. With Cody Bellinger and Mitch Haniger signing with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants respectively on Tuesday, New York saw a pair of potential fits come off the board as they remain in somewhat of a holding pattern as it pertains to Nimmo’s market. There is mutual interest between the two parties, as evidenced by comments made by Nimmo’s agent Scott Boras and Mets GM Billy Eppler. The main issue seems to be the number of suitors that Nimmo has, with teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, and more, being reportedly involved to some degree. Additionally, the team has come across as being weary of handing out long-term deals in favor of short-term, high AAV deals like those given out to Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. It would appear that the Mets have a line they won’t cross in contract talks in order to maintain financial flexibility in the future, but that feels like a tough stance to have in this particular situation.