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Tulowitzki is majors' No. 5 shortstop
Troy Tulowitzki was brought to Toronto at the trade deadline to help the Blue Jays end a 22-year playoff drought. He did just that despite a serious injury. Top 10 shortstops (Insider)
Donaldson took unlikely path to top
Josh Donaldson, a converted catcher, was named the American League's MVP for 2015. He's the best in the majors at his "new" position, according to Buster Olney. Top 10 third basemen (Insider)
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The Blue Jays' signing of J.A. Happ for three years, $36 million may prove to be one of the bargains of the offseason. He made some mechanical tweaks after joining the Pirates and had a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts, with improved walk and strikeout rates. This also means an official farewell to David Price as Toronto goes with rotation depth over a big-money ace.
The Blue Jays, who likely will lose left-handers David Price and Mark Buehrle to free agency, signed southpaw J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million contract Friday.
Blue Jays sign J.A. Happ
The Jays announced they signed the free-agent LHP to a three-year deal worth $36 million. Happ pitched for Seattle and Pittsburgh in 2015, going 11-8 with a 3.61 ERA.
The rules you don't know about
In a famous 2009 minor league incident, switch-pitcher Pat Venditte faced a switch-hitter. After the hilarity that ensued, the switch-pitcher rule was added. It declares that once the pitcher indicates which hand he intends to pitch with, he cannot change arms until the batter is retired, excepting injury. 10 obscure sports rules
Price headed elsewhere in division?
Buster Olney reports the Red Sox appear prepared to make the highest bid for Blue Jays free-agent left-hander David Price. But does Price want to pitch at Fenway? MLB notes (Insider)
Blue Jays looking like AL East favorites
With one of the best lineups and defenses in baseball, Toronto is holding steady as the class of its division, Jim Bowden writes. MLB status check (Insider)
David Price among elite MLB starters
The left-hander who helped the Blue Jays end a 22-year postseason drought heads into free agency off a season that was more impressive than his raw numbers, Buster Olney writes. Top starters (Insider)
Liam Hendriks, who became a full-time reliever this past season with the Blue Jays, has been shipped to Oakland in exchange for right-hander Jesse Chavez.
A's get Hendriks from Blue Jays for Chavez
The A's acquired Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays for fellow pitcher Jesse Chavez. Hendriks became a reliever with Toronto this season and went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA, while Chavez went 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 games this year.
Dos en base: ¿Cuál es el sentido del premio MVP?
Donaldson y Harper fueron los Más Valiosos, pero...¿Harper fue valioso para quién? Mirar
Shades of A-Rod for Josh Donaldson
Donaldson posted numbers during his MVP season that have only been equaled by one other MLB third baseman -- Alex Rodriguez.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic dish on MVP awards for Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper. Plus, Booger Mcfarland and is Charlie Strong a viable candidate for Miami?
While Josh Donaldson might have sealed his MVP with a blistering August, Bryce Harper was in the driver's seat in the NL right from the start.
The best in the East were the best in the game in 2015. What made Harper and Donaldson so successful in 2015? Stats & Info takes a look.
AL MVP voting breakdown
- Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 23 first-place votes, 385 points
- Mike Trout, Angels: 7 first-place votes, 304 points
- Lorenzo Cain, Royals: 20 third-place votes, 225 points
Josh Donaldson wins AL MVP
Donaldson joins George Bell as the only MVPs in Blue Jays history. Toronto, which reached the playoffs for the first time since 1993, owed much of its success to Donaldson. He finished 1st in the AL in runs (122), 2nd in WAR (8.8) and T-3rd in HRs (41).
The MVP snubs keep piling up for Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.
A spark plug for Toronto's potent offensive attack, Josh Donaldson was named AL MVP over Mike Trout of the Angels and Lorenzo Cain of the Royals.
Who should win the AL MVP?
Mike Trout or Josh Donaldson? A panel of 25 ESPN baseball experts were asked for their choice. Who'd they pick?
Clear two-horse race for AL MVP
Lorenzo Cain may have led his team to a World Series championship, but he doesn't have the kind of regular-season numbers Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout posted this year.
Blue Jays' Devon Travis sidelined
The Toronto 2B will miss 16-20 weeks after surgery Tuesday to treat a shoulder growth plate condition called os acromiale. Travis spent two stints on the DL last season with left shoulder inflammation, but the condition did not contribute to the injury.
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