TORONTO (AP) — Infielder Ramon Santiago has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to major league spring training. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Nate Grimm details the week in baseball, talking Devin Mesoraco’s extension, Chad Billingsley’s new home and more in Friday’s Daily Dose. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday. Monbouquette spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Free-agent reliever Casey Janssen and the Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2016, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The move is an attempt by the Nationals to add late-game relief help to their bullpen following the trade that sent eighth-inning setup man Tyler Clippard, a two-time NL All-Star, to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Yunel Escobar. Shortly after that swap this month, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said he felt the reigning NL East champions would be able to find a substitute for Clippard without adding anyone new to the organization. ”We feel we have the internal replacements to have a quality bullpen in 2015.” But the Nationals also had lost relievers Rafael Soriano and Ross Detwiler since the end of last season, and while Drew Storen is the incumbent as the closer, Janssen has plenty of late-game experience. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Canada’s pro sports franchises are preparing for some pretty crazy times; loonie times, one might say. With the loonie barely keeping its head above water compared with the U.S. dollar, Canadian franchises are battening down the hatches in hopes of preventing a repeat of what happened two decades ago. No one is saying that the Canadian dollar — now threatening to sink below 80 cents U.S. — is destined for the 61-cent depths it reached in the `90s, but there is some concern.  After all, the loonie has lost almost 20 per cent of its value in the past year, something that is already affecting teams whose business models are based on the worst possible scenario: the majority of costs in expensive U.S. dollars with revenue almost exclusively in weakening Canadian bucks. That would include Canada’s NHL teams, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Raptors and this country’s Major League Soccer franchises. And even though the Canadian Football League deals strictly in Canadian funds, the dollar’s drop has team executives sleeping a little less easy these days. We’re not talking chump change here. The Blue Jays’ 2014 payroll of $137 million translates to $152 million today. Whatever teams were laying out last year in salaries will cost them 20 per cent more in 2015 — even without a payroll increase. For example, the Ottawa Senators were paying star defenceman Erik Karlsson $6.5 million U.S. last year. Today, that translates to $8 million CDN. Glen Hodgson, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada and co-auther of Power Play: The Business Economics of Pro Sports , says the dollar’s drop is something to worry about. “It’s a real issue now,” Hodgson told the Ottawa Citizen. “You can deal with a 90-cent dollar, but now you’re talking about adding 23-25 per cent to player payroll.” No one is worried, at least not yet, about the dark days of the `90s when the devalued Canadian dollar played a big role in the departure of the Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets. First off, the dollar is nowhere near those depths and leagues have learned a few things since then. For one, the NHL’s new revenue-sharing plan should be able to insulate Canadian franchises from the pain of a low dollar. Secondly, teams in all sports have learned to hedge their bets when the dollar is riding high. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief financial officer Ian Clarke says his company hedges about $100 million U.S. each year. “Our approach has been that it’s better to have certainty over how much things are going to cost. Win or lose your bet, you know what it’s going to cost you,” Clarke told the Toronto Star. However,  buying U.S. dollars at 90 cents allows you to weather the 80-cent storm. But that money eventually runs out and you’re forced to pay the going rate. As is always the case in the world of currency, one man’s drop is another man’s rise. The weakening loonie could actually help teams attract free agents. That $10 million U.S. contract will buy an awful lot in Canada. The Blue Jays could even use that as a bargaining chip: Come north and everything you buy will be a lot cheaper than it used to be.  On the other hand, the lower the dollar goes the harder it will be for CFL teams to attract talent. That $50,000 CDN minimum salary now translates into a $40,000 U.S. pay cheque for American players, who might be less interested in heading north now. CFL Players’ Association president Scott Flory told the National Post that the union is planning to educate its American members on what this all means for them. But no matter how you look at it, the dollar’s slide is bad news for Canadian pro sports.       View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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