When Johan Santana walked into the Blue Jays’ clubhouse for the first time early Saturday morning, a surprise was waiting inside his locker. Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana’s no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball career. ”I know exactly who did that,” Santana said with a smile. For Santana, after two major surgeries on his throwing shoulder and a ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained with Baltimore during extended spring training last June, the picture served as an emotional reminder of his distinguished past. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The Toronto Blue Jays boosted their outfield depth Sunday, signing Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract and saying he might be able to earn a spot at another position. The deal came a few days after Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball. The 25-year-old Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the Chicago White Sox last season while batting .231 with 58 RBIs. ”He’s got some power, a right-handed bat,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Following a freak injury to outfielder Michael Saunders that will keep him sidelined around 5-6 weeks, the Toronto Blue Jays added some depth on Saturday by agreeing to a minor-league contract with veteran Dayan Viciedo. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal . Rosenthal previously reported that both the Blue Jays and Oakland A’s were showing interest in Viciedo, but apparently not enough to extend major league offers. The signing comes 24 days after Viciedo was released by the Chicago White Sox. During his five-year stint on the south side, Viciedo was a .254/.298/.424 hitter. He hit .231/.281/.405 in a career high 563 plate appearances last season, while adding 21 home runs and 22 doubles. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] Viciedo is far from a complete player, but he does have a couple things going for him. First and foremost, there’s some pop in his bat. The power upside isn’t massive, but he’s averaged 20 homers per season over the last three seasons, with a career high of 25 in 2012. With a full compliment of at-bats, 20-22 home runs sounds like a safe expectation, if not a working baseline. If they use him exclusively against left-handers, Viciedo could prove to be a more valuable addition. Against southpaws, his career averages rise to .291/.331/.507. Also in Viciedo’s favor is his youth. He won’t turn 26 until March 10, so it’s possible there’s still some development left to come as he approaches what is often the prime age for offensive-minded players. Of course, it’s just as likely that he is what he is, but even that is worth a flier as a short term fill-in. On the other side of the coin, Viciedo offers next to nothing on defense. The White Sox tried him at first base, third base and both corner outfield positions and came away unimpressed at every turn. That’s not likely to change in Toronto despite their plans.   As first reported by @Ken_Rosenthal , #BlueJays have minor-league deal with Dayan Viciedo. He’ll get looks at LF, 1B and 3B. — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 1, 2015 It’s pretty simple. Viciedo will have to hit to be usable, which immediately puts the pressure on him to come out swinging in Florida. If he does, it’s difficult to imagine him anywhere other than left field or an occasional designated hitter appearance.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] With that in mind, Yahoo’s Ian Denomme took a look at some of the players he’ll be competing with , which include veterans Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Dickerson and Andy Dirks. Honestly, Viciedo stands out from that group just based on his power, but it would probably make the most sense to pair him up with a better defender who can hit against right-handers. With that in mind, one half of a platoon might be Viciedo’s to lose, leaving the other players to battle for that other half. Time will tell on that, but with Saunders expected to be back sometime in April as opposed to the original feared timeline of mid-July, the window of opportunity won’t be all that wide to begin with. 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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DUNEDIN, Fla. – Thanks to the Kansas City Royals’ miracle playoff drive to the World Series last season, baseball’s longest active playoff drought now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays. It has been 22 years since Joe Carter hit his World Series-winning walkoff homer off Mitch Williams and the Blue Jays have not been to the postseason since. It’s actually the longest playoff drought in professional sports, and team brass, fans, and players want to see it end. None more than All-Star slugger Jose Bautista. Bautista is the longest serving current Blue Jay, about to enter his eighth season with the club. In that time he’s been a part of four winning seasons but the team has never finished higher than third in the tough America League East. He has also become a perennial MVP-candidate during his time in Toronto, having gone to five consecutive All-Star Games and twice leading the majors in home runs. But during his first appearance at Blue Jays spring training on Friday Bautista said he would give it all up for a taste of the postseason. The Blue Jays fancy themselves contenders in the AL East this season, but will in fact need Bautista to have a great year to end the drought, especially with their outfield recently being depleted . Bautista is also in the last year of his five-year deal with the Blue Jays, though there is a team option for 2016. But Bautista, 34, wants to win now and shake the title of best active hitter never to make the playoffs . He has been vocal in the past about Blue Jays brass not doing enough to get them over the hump. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] The Blue Jays made a big move this offseason when they acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics. Bautista approves, and sees it as a move that could help the Jays take the next step. With Donaldson on board and a healthy Edwin Encarnacion, the Blue Jays have a potent 3-4-5 in the batting order. If it all works out, Bautista may be able to do less of the heavy lifting and get his wish for a postseason berth. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports : Ian Denomme is an editor and writer for Yahoo Sports. Email him at denomme@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders had surgery on his left knee Friday and could return to the team sooner than previously expected, perhaps in mid-April. Saunders tore cartilage Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls on a side field at spring training. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that Saunders could be sidelined only five to six weeks. ”We’ll see how he recovers,” Anthopoulos said. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors. The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years. Santana was in Baltimore’s minor league system last year and tore his left Achilles tendon in June. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders could be sidelined until around the All-Star break after stepping on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls and tearing cartilage in his left knee. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday the injury occurred a day earlier and is expected to require surgery. Saunders will seek a second opinion before making a decision. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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David Ortiz has a deliberate routine at the plate. ”I might run out of money,” Ortiz said during a colorful rant Wednesday about the new pace-of-play rule requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box in some instances. ”I don’t care what they say.” Major League Baseball can dock him, starting May 1, up to $500 per offense. Another part of the initiative agreed to by MLB and the players’ association will be the installation of clocks in stadiums to limit the length of pitching changes and between-innings breaks. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Acquired from Oakland in November for third baseman Brett Lawrie and three other players, Donaldson was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 and was traded to the Athletics a year later. He spent all four of his big league seasons with Oakland, becoming an All-Star last year. ”I wasn’t really expecting it,” Donaldson said of the trade, ”But kind of after thinking about it for a little while, I really think that this is going to be more beneficial to me and my career.” Donaldson hit .255 with a career-high 29 homers and 98 RBIs last season and likely will join Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and fellow newcomer Russell Martin in the middle of the batting order. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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