Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent Canadian catcher Russell Martin to a multi-year contract, the Toronto Star reported. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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TORONTO (AP) — Free agent catcher Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized an $82 million, five-year contract on Tuesday. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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TORONTO (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Russell Martin have agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The designated hitter is close to signing a four-year deal that is expected to be worth $68 million. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Talk about a whirlwind day. Just hours after Devon Travis was named the top prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ organization by Baseball America, he learned he was being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Anthony Gose . Travis, 23, is a second baseman by trade, and as of the trade was an outfielder-in-training. He was selected in the 13th round of the 2012 draft. He hit .298 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs at Double-A Erie this past season. Not exactly blow-away numbers, but his overall skill set rated well enough to top an undeniably thin minor league system.  “It’s something that’s pretty cool to see,” Travis said Wednesday afternoon. “But at the same time, it’s something that means absolutely nothing.” The truth is, it wasn’t going to mean anything in Detroit. The Tigers are already set at second base with  Ian Kinsler under contract through the 2017 season and Hernan Perez waiting in the wings. That’s why Detroit had recently asked Travis to move to center field, an area of need where perhaps he could have contributed sooner.  That idea never had a chance to get off the ground, though. With a more established center fielder becoming available in the trade market, they instead swung a trade using Travis as the bait.  The return is 24-year-old Anthony Gose, who’s only six months older than Travis, but already has three years of MLB experience under his belt. Gose is a .234/.301/.332 hitter in 616 major league plate appearances, but his real value to Detroit comes on defense, where’s he capable of playing all three outfield positions. They’ll prefer him in center so they can move Rajai Davis to left field.   Dave Dombrowski: “Anthony is a true center fielder than can provide us with above average defense in center field with a good arm.” — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) November 13, 2014 In theory, Detroit traded its top prospect for a defensive-minded outfielder who could potentially platoon. But again, it’s not a deep system. In terms of overall value, it’s probably a pretty close match. And even if it’s a slight overpay talent-wise, it’s worth it to Detroit to fill a need without spending a lot of money.  After signing Victor Martinez to a four-year, $68 million deal , general manager Dave Dombrowski may have to cut a few edges, especially with a bullpen to fix.  As for Travis, his day was something of a roller coaster. Though he’s happy to be getting a new opportunity, he’s grateful for his time in the Tigers’ organization.  Devon Travis: “The Tigers do it right. Through and through. I wouldn’t have rather been drafted by any other team.” (1 of 2) — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) November 13, 2014 Devon Travis: “I’m thankful for everything they’ve done for me.” (2 of 2) — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) November 13, 2014 Outfielder Steven Moya is Detroit’s new No. 1 prospect. He’s followed by right-handed pitcher Buck Farmer. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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DETROIT (AP) — Victor Martinez has agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract to stay with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers acquired speedy outfielder Anthony Gose from the Toronto Blue Jays for second base prospect Devon Travis on Wednesday night. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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SEATTLE (AP) — If he needed any extra incentive going forward, Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez found some on Wednesday when he finished second in the AL Cy Young voting. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Seth Trachtman analyzes some early WHIP sleepers for the 2015 season. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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NEW YORK (AP) — For the third straight year, baseball’s free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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