Blue Jays had all-onesie Super Bowl watch party

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Blue Jays had all-onesie Super Bowl watch party

Perhaps the best part of the Super Bowl is getting to watch it with all your friends, ideally while eating enough food to make you immobile for days. Of course, after you've consumed your first mountain of wings, you want to be comfortable.

That's why Marcus Stroman and his Blue Jays crew clearly had the best Super Bowl party idea of all time

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Blue Jays come to terms with Floyd

Blue Jays come to terms with Floyd

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays officially agreed to terms with right-hander Gavin Floyd by signing the veteran right-hander to a Major League deal worth $1 million.

News of the signing was reported earlier this week but wasn't made offical until Saturday afternoon. Floyd secured a guaranteed deal and likely has a strong shot of beginning the year in Toronto's bullpen.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Report: Chavez wins arb case, to earn $4M

Report: Chavez wins arb case, to earn $4M

Right-hander Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays and will earn $4 million this season, according to ESPN. The club filed a $3.6 million offer.

Toronto has not confirmed the deal.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ex-manager Wedge joins Blue Jays' front office

Ex-manager Wedge joins Blue Jays' front office

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added another voice to their expanding front office by officially hiring former Major League manager Eric Wedge as a player development adviser on Saturday afternoon.

According to a team statement, Wedge will work closely with president Mark Shapiro, general manager Ross Atkins and player development director Gil Kim on "strategies to enhance the player development system."

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Gibbons weighs in on Blue Jays' 2016 outlook

Manager gives updates on bullpen roles, injured players and more to season-ticket holders

Gibbons weighs in on Blue Jays' 2016 outlook

TORONTO -- The success of 2015 apparently has earned Blue Jays manager John Gibbons some goodwill in Toronto, as he was treated to a standing ovation at Thursday night's annual season-ticket holder event, The Leadoff.

"What a difference a year makes," Gibbons said in his typical sense of humor.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 hoping to swing deals with sluggers

Bautista, Encarnacion contracts are high priority for club

Blue Jays hoping to swing deals with sluggers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have a lot of heavy lifting to do this spring and most of the action will be taking place away from the field, in contract negotiations with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Toronto president Mark Shapiro went on record Thursday night to confirm contract talks with two sluggers will take place during Spring Training. First things first, the Blue Jays need to settle Josh Donaldson's arbitration case but the focus will shift quickly after that.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Clock ticking on locking up Donaldson

Blue Jays hope to sign AL MVP to extension before arbitration hearing

Clock ticking on locking up Donaldson

TORONTO -- The clock is ticking, but the Blue Jays apparently have not abandoned hope that 2015 American League MVP Award winner Josh Donaldson can be signed to a multiyear contract extension before his arbitration case is heard later this month.

Arbitration dates are expected to remain confidential until a ruling is announced, but Donaldson's case will be heard on Feb. 15, according to a report by FoxSports.com. That leaves little time for Toronto and Donaldson to reach an agreement, but the sides are talking.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Aardsma signs Minor League deal with Blue Jays

Veteran reliever pitched in 33 games for Atlanta last season

Aardsma signs Minor League deal with Blue Jays

The Blue Jays signed free-agent right-hander David Aardsma to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training on Friday.

Aardsma, 34, appeared in 33 games, all in relief, for the Braves last season, going 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA. The Denver, Colo., native is a veteran of nine Major league seasons, posting a 16-18 record with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 games for eight different clubs.

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Shapiro prompts shift to dirt infield

Blue Jays president sees move as step toward natural grass

Shapiro prompts shift to dirt infield

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays still don't have natural grass at Rogers Centre, and whether they ever will remains a highly debated topic, but the installation of a dirt infield is at least a first step.

Toronto announced this week that a dirt infield will be installed in time for the 2016 season. Work is scheduled to begin Monday, and it will involve the excavation of the concrete Rogers Centre floor around the entire infield area.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Bautista bat flip immortalized on Topps card

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Bautista bat flip immortalized on Topps card

Back in October, Jose Bautista came as close as humanly possible to stopping the Earth's rotation with an emphatic bat flip that punctuated a Blue Jays comeback in Game 5 of the ALDS:

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Blue Jays add home spring game vs. Rays

Blue Jays add home spring game vs. Rays

The Blue Jays and Rays will square off in Grapefruit League action on March 29 at 1:07 p.m ET, giving Toronto 17 home games in Spring Training this year.

The contest will be at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rogers Centre to have traditional dirt infield in 2016

Rogers Centre to have traditional dirt infield in 2016

TORONTO -- Rogers Centre will have a different look this season, as the Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that they are installing a traditional dirt infield for the 2016 campaign.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, and the field will be ready for the start of the regular season in April. The process involves excavation of the cement floor at Rogers Centre and then layering the affected areas with gravel, sand and clay.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Martinez, Hentgen lead 2016 Canadian Hall of Fame class

Former pitching greats to be joined by four other inductees

Martinez, Hentgen lead 2016 Canadian Hall of Fame class

Former pitching greats Dennis Martinez of the Expos and Pat Hentgen of the Blue Jays headline the 2016 class of inductees into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Martinez, who spent the middle part of his 23-year career recording 100 wins in Montreal, and Hentgen, the 1996 winner of the American League Cy Young Award for his 20-10 season with the Blue Jays, will be inducted on June 18 in St. Marys, Ontario.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays strike deal with Mets, get Ceciliani

Blue Jays strike deal with Mets, get Ceciliani

The Blue Jays on Tuesday acquired outfielder Darrell Ceciliani from the Mets for a player to be named.

Ceciliani, 25, hit .345 with 19 doubles and nine home runs in 70 games at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015, while batting .206 in 39 games with the Mets.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shapiro learned valuable lesson back in 2001

While GM in Cleveland, return on dealing Alomar could have netted more

Shapiro learned valuable lesson back in 2001

TORONTO -- Everybody wants at least one do over in life, and Groundhog Day just happens to be an occasion when we can fantasize about what changes would be made if there was an opportunity to re-live a particular moment.

In celebration of this annual event, MLB.com asked front-office executives from around the league one simple question: "What was the worst trade you ever made and what did you learn from it?"

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Storen best suited for closer's role

After breakout season, Osuna could slide into setup role

Storen best suited for closer's role

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have several intriguing roster decisions to make when Spring Training gets under way later this month, but perhaps the most interesting one of all will take place at the back end of the bullpen.

The Blue Jays' roster from last season has remained mostly intact, but one of the major additions was right-hander Drew Storen, and now the club must decide how to use him. He has proven ninth-inning experience, but Roberto Osuna did just fine as last season's closer, and the risk here is messing with a recipe that works.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Alford represents Blue Jays on Top 100 list

Outfielder turns focus soley to baseball, comes in at No. 42 overall

Alford represents Blue Jays on Top 100 list

TORONTO -- Anthony Alford's decision to pass on football and pursue a full-time career in baseball seems to be paying off as the promising outfielder has cracked MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

The Blue Jays' lone representative, Alford is ranked No. 42 overall. The former University of Mississippi defensive back didn't crack the preseason rankings a year ago, but his soaring stock can be tied to the fact he is now focused solely on baseball.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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 ink Izturis to Minor League contract

Veteran infielder returns to club with invite to Spring Training

Blue Jays ink Izturis to Minor League contract

The Blue Jays signed infielder Maicer Izturis on Friday to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Izturis, 35, has not appeared in a Major League game since April 13, 2014, while recovering from left knee surgery and then right shoulder surgery in June 2015. He has been with the Blue Jays organization since '13 after signing a three-year, $10 million contract that offseason.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stroman serenades Colabello's dog

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Stroman serenades Colabello's dog

The stars of MLB have spent the winter going to extraordinary, tire-flipping lengths to get into shape for the upcoming season. But the question must be asked: What about their dogs? 162 games of traveling and chasing ballpark foodstuffs is pretty exhausting work for them too, after all -- who will make sure they're prepared for the grind of a long season?

Marcus Stroman, that's who. He even took time out of his workout on Friday to inspire Chris Colabello's dog, while introducing it to the finer points of dabbing.

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Blue Jays release Spring Training broadcast schedule

Blue Jays release Spring Training broadcast schedule

TORONTO -- Blue Jays fans will be able to watch 10 Spring Training games and listen to all 30 games on Sportsnet 590 The Fan and MLB.com when Grapefruit League action gets underway in March.

Sportsnet is set to broadcast 10 games, with the first taking place on March 4 when the Blue Jays host the Orioles in a 1:07 p.m. ET start time at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The television schedule also includes the two-game exhibition series in Montreal against the Red Sox on April 1-2.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Is Tulo the right man for Blue Jays' leadoff job?

Toronto has options to choose from at top of the order

Is Tulo the right man for Blue Jays' leadoff job?

TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hasn't made anything official, but it certainly appears as though Toronto will give Troy Tulowitzki another crack at being the leadoff hitter for one of the best lineups in baseball.

Toronto experimented with Tulowitzki in the top spot after he arrived last year in a midseason trade with Colorado, but the move proved to be short-lived. The star shortstop hit leadoff for 26 games before giving way to Ben Revere and returning to the middle of the order.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

For Pompey, spring will bring 2nd chance

For Pompey, spring will bring 2nd chance

TORONTO -- Dalton Pompey is aware of the opportunity that exists in left field, but unlike a year ago, he's not going to get carried away with the possibility of being an everyday player in the Major Leagues.

Pompey is set to arrive at Spring Training next month in Dunedin, Fla., with an opportunity to compete for the starting job in left, and he will face some stiff competition from Michael Saunders.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Donaldson accepts AL MVP, credits teammates

'I was able to feed off them every day,' Blue Jays 3B says at BBWAA ceremony

Donaldson accepts AL MVP, credits teammates

In the eyes of Josh Donaldson, his blossoming Major League success can be traced back to one player in particular -- former A's and Giants pitcher Barry Zito.

"[I] looked up at the scoreboard in 2012, and he was hitting about 40 points higher than I was, and it made me realize I needed to change a few things," Donaldson said. "I've got to thank Barry for showing up that year and bringing the stick."

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Amazing images from Donaldson's 'Vikings' appearance

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Amazing images from Donaldson's 'Vikings' appearance

We mentioned last week that reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson would be appearing on this season of History Channel's "Vikings." The actual episode won't air for at least another month, but on Monday, we were gifted with some photos from the shoot. And honestly, Josh Donaldson might actually be a Viking.

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Inbox: Why not Osuna in rotation?

Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers questions from Blue Jays fans

Inbox: Why not Osuna in rotation?

The Blue Jays said they want to move Aaron Sanchez to the rotation because the longer pitchers stay there, the less success they have becoming starters later in their career. Why doesn't that same argument apply to Roberto Osuna?
-- Sean H., Scarborough, Ontario

The same argument does apply, but the Blue Jays have to balance contending in 2016 with keeping an eye on the future. If Toronto was rebuilding, the decision to start Sanchez and Osuna would be a no-brainer.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Recalling Munenori's best Blue Jays moments

Toronto fan favorite leaves legacy of laughs

Recalling Munenori's best Blue Jays moments

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' clubhouse lost one of its biggest personalities this week as veteran infielder and fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs.

Kawasaki's departure hardly comes as a surprise, but it does put an end to an eventful three-year tenure with the club. He didn't play a lot, but his impact was felt elsewhere because of his colorful personality and quirky mannerisms.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Pentecost on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 Catching Prospects list

Cubs' Contreras tops list, Yanks' Sanchez leaps to No. 2

Pentecost on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 Catching Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29, on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

MLBPipeline.com's list of the top 10 catching prospects last season featured six players who went on to reach the Major Leagues and become part of a legendary rookie class. Needless to say, the turnover at the position means this year's crop of top-ranked backstops has a much different look.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.