Mark Melancon and Rich Hill got the big bucks, but there's value to be found in Joaquin Benoit and Steve Pearce.
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Martin, Osuna confirmed for WBC
Blue Jays All-Star catcher Russell Martin and pitcher Roberto Osuna have both been confirmed to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Martin will suit up for Canada, while Osuna will play for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Story
A person familiar with the negotiations says reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.
The Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year, $12.5 million deal with free agent Steve Pearce.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
The qualifying offer (& 1st-round pick attached) is having a big impact on Edwin Encarnacion's market. The Astros' & Yankees' deals this weekend with Carlos Beltran & Matt Holliday took 2 of Encarnacion's prime suitors off the board. And he's no longer a priority for the Blue Jays after their signing of Kendrys Morales. Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, is still projecting confidence and telling teams he has interest from "2 or 3 teams" whose identity hasn't surfaced. But Encarnacion is becoming a textbook case for why the union made eliminating first-round draft-pick compensation such a top priority in these labor talks.
The Blue Jays are reportedly among the teams to show interest in free-agent first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Much to the dismay of his mother, who is of Puerto Rican descent, Marcus Stroman announced he will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
How does the Blue Jays' front office work?
With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters. Jim Bowden explains the chain of command and style for the Blue Jays' baseball operations leadership teams. Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices (Insider)
Where do Jays stand for winter meetings?
What are the Blue Jays' biggest needs heading into next week's winter meetings? What free agents could they be interested in? Who could they trade? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams (Insider)
The Giants, Blue Jays and Cardinals all are reportedly interested in Dexter Fowler, who could be looking for a deal worth $18 million per year.
Don't be surprised by Bautista return
Other teams seem to prefer Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Beltran over Jose Bautista, making the possibility of the 36-year-old lowering his expectations and returning to Toronto appear more likely. Bowden: Bold December predictions (Insider)
The Mets have a surplus of outfielders and one trade partner could be the Jays, who reportedly have interest in Curtis Granderson.
Jose Bautista should seek a deal ASAP
Citing the dynamics of the current free-agent market, Dan Szymborski identifies four free agents that should sign as soon as possible. Bautista, who risks losing money and job availability, is one. FAs who should sign quick (Insider)
Blue Jays want their guys back
Signing both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista appears unlikely for the Jays, but that doesn't mean they won't try. Plenty of other options are out there as alternatives. Bowden: Top targets, fallbacks (Insider)
With his tenure with the Cubs likely over, Dexter Fowler reportedly is drawing interest from the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays need corner outfield help, and the Mets' OF situation will need some retooling after Yoenis Cespedes agreed to re-sign with New York.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
The Brewers have non-tendered Chris Carter, who tied for the NL lead with 41 home runs, but struck out 206 times and is best suited for DH. Bottom five teams in first base production in 2016: Marlins, Rangers, Astros, Yankees, Nationals. Could also land in Toronto if Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista both end up signing elsewhere.
Blue Jays sign two to minor deals
Toronto inked RHP Jarrett Grube and C Michael Ohlman to minor league contracts on Monday with invites to major league spring training. Grube, 35, posted a 3.92 ERA in 26 minor league outings this year. Ohlman, 25, hit .287 with seven homers and 44 RBIs between two St. Louis minor league affiliates.
The Cubs aren't just champions, they are a power built to dominate for years. So how can the rest of baseball compete? By following these simple steps.
Bobby Meacham is moving up the Toronto Blue Jays coaching ranks after being named manager of the team's Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Robinson Canó, José Bautista, Nelson Cruz and Fernando Rodney are among the Latin American players who will attend the MLB-MLBPA bargaining session to speak against the establishment of an international draft.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman spits rhymes on a new track from hip-hop artist Mike Stud, who was a teammate of his at Duke University.
What's the status of the Blue Jays?
With the winter meetings approaching, where do the Blue Jays stand? And what is their current big-picture objective? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Status check for all 30 teams (Insider)
Could the Blue Jays land Cespedes?
The Jays have at least one opening in the corner outfield and could use another big bat in their lineup. Yoenis Cespedes fits that bill, but Toronto might not be willing to meet his asking price. Could the free-agent slugger end up a Blue Jay? David Schoenfield discusses. Potential landing spots for Cespdes (Insider)
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