After three Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow, pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring with a 48-45 record and a 3.40 ERA.
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Early 2018 support for Clemens, Bonds?
If Jayson Stark were to cast his 2018 Hall of Fame ballot today, he would include both Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. "[The Hall] needs to be a place that tells the story of what happened -- the good and the bad," Stark writes. Stark: My early 2018 HOF ballot
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says ownership made it "abundantly clear" that they were willing to help with the re-signing of slugger Jose Bautista.
Clemens approaching Hall at steady rate
After three years of hovering around 35 percent, Roger Clemens has seen his support jump nearly 20 percent the last two years. He received 54.1 percent of the vote on the 2017 ballot.
Start carving their plaques! After cracking 50 percent on this year's ballot, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, baseball villains you love to hate, will be bound for Cooperstown before you know it.
Former Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, 31, announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter on Wednesday.
Increased support big for Bonds, Clemens
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens finally climbed above 50 percent in their fifth year on the ballot. The history of that number suggests the duo will find their way to Cooperstown in due time, David Schoenfield writes. HOF night winners/losers
Clemens falls short in Hall of Fame vote
In his fifth year on the ballot, Roger Clemens received 54.1 percent of the vote to miss the 75 percent threshold required. The seven-time Cy Young winner saw a notable jump in support, as he received only 45.2 percent of the vote last year. Full results
Despite the PED suspicions that surround them, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens both saw notable increases in support in this year's Hall of Fame vote. Should the duo be enshrined in Cooperstown?
What would Jays say off the record?
If you gave truth serum to the executives of all 30 MLB teams, what might you hear? Buster Olney believes the Blue Jays would reveal whether Aaron Sanchez's signing with Scott Boras altered his innings timeline last season. Front-office truths (Insider)
The D-backs are gutted, the Royals have tumbled and the Angels aren't last. For these minor league systems, the road back to respectability is tough.
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José Bautista agreed to a 1-year, $18 million free agent deal with the Blue Jays, the largest 1-year free agent deal for a position player in MLB history.
The choice is easier than ever -- and that's why more teams should opt to push their best young arms to relief roles.
Just when it looked like Jose Bautista's multiyear contract ambitions had been iced, the Blue Jays swooped in. Does a reunion work for both?
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Jose Bautista agrees to one year deal worth $18 million with club options for 2018 and 2019 that if fully vested could bring the deal to as much as 3-years $60 million according to sources. Blue Jays can now turn focus to a left-handed reliever and back-up catcher.
Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays have reached a one-year contract with mutual options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Will Lourdes Gurriel Jr. step up in 2017?
Although Gurriel is raw, Tony Blengino believes he could be the Jays' regular second baseman by season's end. The Cuban has a feel for hitting and is versatile defensively. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)
Jays among MLB's best defensive teams
Toronto has lost some big bats this offseason, but at least manager John Gibbons still has excellent defenders in 3B Josh Donaldson, SS Troy Tulowitzki, CF Kevin Pillar and C Russell Martin. Where do the Blue Jays rank on Buster Olney's list? Top defenses (Insider)
In negotiating a one-year deal with Toronto, Jose Bautista is betting he can rebound from an injury-plagued 2016 and earn a big contract next winter.
The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders have agreed to a one-year deal.
McGriff receives little support on ESPN ballots
ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots, and Fred McGriff grabbed three votes. At 17.6 percent, he fell far short of the 75 percent threshold for entry. ESPN's HOF ballot
Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays are close to a deal for the free-agent slugger to stay with Toronto, according to multiple reports.
The Blue Jays and lefty Aaron Loup agreed on a one-year deal, with multiple reports saying Loup will make $1,125,000 in 2017. The Jays also exchanged arbitration figures with Marcus Stroman.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Tidbit of the day. The Red Sox head into 2017 with 3 starters who pitched 200+ innings last year. The other AL East teams have 2 combined! David Price 230 Chris Sale 226.2 Rick Porcello 223 Marcus Stroman 204 Chris Archer 201.1
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