2016 Toronto Blue Jays season

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2016 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Rogers, CEO Mark Shapiro
General manager(s) Ross Atkins
Manager(s) John Gibbons
Local television Sportsnet
Sportsnet One
(Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler, Dan Shulman)
Local radio Blue Jays Radio Network
Sportsnet 590 the FAN
(Jerry Howarth, Joe Siddall, Mike Wilner, Duane Ward)
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The 2016 Toronto Blue Jays season is the 40th season of the franchise in the American League East division of Major League Baseball, and the 27th full season of play (28th overall) at Rogers Centre.

Off–season

General manager Alex Anthopoulos rejected a five-year contract extension on October 29, 2015,[1] and team president Paul Beeston retired on October 31.[2] New Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro, who assumed the roles on November 2, 2015,[3] announced that Tony LaCava was assigned as the interim general manager[4] and that John Gibbons would remain as the manager.[4] On November 6, 2015, a $15.8 million qualifying offer was extended to Marco Estrada.[5] David Price was not eligible for a qualifying offer, as he was acquired mid-season.[5] Estrada signed a two-year, $26 million contract on November 13.[6]

On November 20, the Blue Jays signed Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract,[7] and acquired Jesse Chavez from the Oakland Athletics for Liam Hendriks.[8] 3 days later, the team signed Casey Kotchman, Jiovanni Mier, and David Adams to minor league contracts that included invitations to spring training.[9] On November 24, Scott Diamond was signed to a minor league contract and invited to spring training.[10] J. A. Happ, who was traded by the Blue Jays to the Seattle Mariners for Michael Saunders before the 2015 season, was signed to a three-year, $36 million contract on November 27.[11] David Price agreed to a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox on December 1.[12] Justin Smoak, who was eligible for salary arbitration, was signed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract on December 2.[13] Third baseman Josh Donaldson, outfielders Ben Revere and Michael Saunders, and pitchers Jesse Chavez, Drew Hutchison, Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil, and Aaron Loup were also tendered contracts.[14] Catcher Josh Thole was not tendered a contract by the December 2 deadline, and became a free agent.[14] On December 3, Ross Atkins was named the new general manager replacing LaCava.[15] Thole signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Blue Jays on December 4.[16]

Mark Lowe signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers on December 8, for $11 million.[17] In the Rule 5 draft on December 10, the Blue Jays selected pitcher Joe Biagini from the San Francisco Giants organization.[18] Darwin Barney officially re-signed with the team on December 11.[19] Wade LeBlanc was signed to a minor league contract on December 17.[20] On December 18, Junior Lake was claimed off waivers,[21] and signed Scott Copeland, Roberto Hernández, Pat McCoy, and Brad Penny to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.[22] Brandon Bixler and Gabe Noyalis were signed to minor-league contracts on December 29.[23] On January 5, 2016, Arnold León was acquired from the Oakland Athletics for cash or a player to be named later.[24] Three days later, outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later were traded to the Washington Nationals for reliever Drew Storen.[25]

On January 12, pitchers Brett Cecil, Jesse Chavez, Steve Delabar, Drew Hutchison, Aaron Loup, and Drew Storen filed for salary arbitration, along with position players Josh Donaldson and Michael Saunders.[26] Cecil, Delabar, Loup, Hutchison, and Storen agreed to a one-year contracts worth $3.8 million, $835,000, $1.05 million, $2.2 million, and $8.375 million respectively on January 15. Saunders agreed to a $2.9 million contract. Chavez and Donaldson did not come to an agreement before the deadline. Chavez had requested $4 million, while the Blue Jays offered $3.6 million. Donaldson filed for $11.8 million, and the Blue Jays offered $11.35 million.[27] On January 18, Daniel Schlereth was signed to a minor league contract.[28] Maicer Izturis, who was under contract with the Blue Jays for the 2015 season but did not play for the team due to various injuries, was signed to a minor league contract on January 29.[29] On February 2, outfielder Darrell Ceciliani was acquired from the New York Mets for a player to be named later.[30] David Aardsma was added to the list of non-roster invitees on February 5.[31]

On February 6, it was announced that Chavez had won his arbitration case, and will receive a $4 million salary for the season.[32] In addition, Gavin Floyd signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blue Jays, and Chad Jenkins was designated for assignment.[33] On February 10, Donaldson avoided arbitration by signing a two-year, $28.65 million extension that will pay him $11.65 million in 2016, and $17 million in 2017.[34] Colt Hynes, who spent most of the 2015 season with the Buffalo Bisons, was signed to a minor league contract on February 12.[35] Three days before pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to Dunedin, catcher Tony Sanchez was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.[36] Outfielder Domonic Brown and reliever Rafael Soriano were also added to the organization, each receiving a minor league contract and an invitation to spring training in late February.[37][38]

Trades

Date Team in transaction Player(s) acquired Player(s) departed Ref.
November 20, 2015 Oakland Athletics Jesse Chavez Liam Hendriks [8]
January 5, 2016 Oakland Athletics Arnold León Cash considerations or a player to be named later [24]
January 8, 2016 Washington Nationals Drew Storen Ben Revere
Player to be named later
[25]
February 2, 2016 New York Mets Darrell Ceciliani Player to be named later [30]

Free agency

In

Date Player Former team Details Ref.
November 9, 2015 Bobby Korecky N/A Minor league contract [39]
November 13, 2015 Marco Estrada N/A Two-year, $26 million contract [6]
November 20, 2015 Humberto Quintero Boston Red Sox Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [7]
November 23, 2015 Casey Kotchman Kansas City Royals Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [9]
November 23, 2015 Jiovanni Mier Houston Astros Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [9]
November 23, 2015 David Adams Miami Marlins Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [9]
November 24, 2015 Scott Diamond Tampa Bay Rays Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [10]
November 27, 2015 J. A. Happ Pittsburgh Pirates Three-year, $36 million contract [11]
December 4, 2015 Josh Thole N/A One-year, $800,000 contract [16]
December 11, 2015 Darwin Barney N/A One-year, $1.05 million contract [19]
December 17, 2015 Wade LeBlanc Saitama Seibu Lions Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [20]
December 18, 2015 Scott Copeland N/A Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [22]
December 18, 2015 Roberto Hernández Houston Astros Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [22]
December 18, 2015 Pat McCoy Baltimore Orioles Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [22]
December 18, 2015 Brad Penny Chicago White Sox Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [22]
December 29, 2015 Brandon Bixler Minnesota Twins Minor league contract [23]
December 29, 2015 Gabe Noyalis Did not play in 2015 Minor league contract [23]
January 18, 2016 Daniel Schlereth Chicago Cubs Minor league contract [28]
January 29, 2016 Maicer Izturis N/A Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [29]
February 5, 2016 David Aardsma Atlanta Braves Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [31]
February 6, 2016 Gavin Floyd Cleveland Indians One-year, $1 million contract [33]
February 8, 2016 Colt Hynes N/A Minor league contract [35]
February 19, 2016 Tony Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [36]
February 25, 2016 Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [37]
February 28, 2016 Rafael Soriano Chicago Cubs Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [38]

Out

Date Player New team Details Ref.
November 18, 2015 Cliff Pennington Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Two-year, $4 million contract [40]
November 23, 2015 Steve Tolleson Baltimore Orioles Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [41]
December 1, 2015 David Price Boston Red Sox Seven-year, $217 million contract [12]
December 4, 2015 Dioner Navarro Chicago White Sox One-year, $4 million contract [42]
December 8, 2015 Mark Lowe Detroit Tigers Two-year, $11 million contract [17]
January 8, 2016 Jonathan Diaz New York Yankees Minor league contract [43]
January 21, 2016 Munenori Kawasaki Chicago Cubs Minor league contract with an invitation to spring training [44]

Waivers

In

Date Player Former team Ref.
December 18, 2015 Junior Lake Baltimore Orioles [21]

Spring training

José Bautista in February 2016. Bautista made his contract demands known early in spring training, and stated he would not negotiate a "hometown discount".

Shortly after pitchers and catchers reported to Dunedin for the start of spring training on February 22, José Bautista addressed the media regarding his contract situation. Bautista, in the final year of a five-year, $65 million contract, stated that he had told the Blue Jays the length of contract he was seeking as well as the compensation of said contract, and that he would not negotiate or agree to a "hometown discount".[45] The following day, TSN's Rick Westhead reported that Bautista had requested a five-year, $150 million contract.[46] The report was later refuted by Bautista.[47] While Bautista's contract situation was unfolding, the Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Cincinnati Reds were reported to be in agreement on a trade that would have sent Michael Saunders to the Angels, Jay Bruce to the Blue Jays, and unnamed prospects from the Angels and Blue Jays to the Reds. Hours after the trade was made public, reports surfaced that the deal was on hold due to issues with an unknown player's physical.[48]

Aaron Sanchez earned the fifth starter role in spring training

On March 4, Maicer Izturis unexpectedly announced his retirement, stating "I put my heart, my soul and my body into it this year to see how I was going to feel, but my body couldn't handle it anymore. So I decided this is the last time I'm going to be playing baseball.".[49] He had appeared in one game for the Blue Jays to that point, going hitless in two at-bats.[50] On March 18, Brad Penny, who had joined the Blue Jays on a minor league contract, announced his retirement.[51] Two days later, Rafael Soriano announced his retirement as well.[52] Soriano signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays in late February, but did not appear in any spring training games due to unspecified visa issues.[53]

On March 23, Marcus Stroman was named the Opening Day starter for the Blue Jays.[54] The competition for fifth starter ended on March 28, when John Gibbons announced that Aaron Sanchez had earned the final rotation spot.[55] Steve Delabar, who had been an All-Star for the Blue Jays in 2013, was released on March 29 along with Randy Choate.[56] The final roles left to be determined were the fourth outfielder, closer, and remainder of the bullpen pitchers. On March 30, John Gibbons announced that Ezequiel Carrera would be the fourth outfielder, Roberto Osuna would begin the season in the closer's role, and Arnold León, Joe Biagini, and Ryan Tepera would round out the bullpen positions. Gibbons also announced that Marco Estrada and Aaron Loup would open the season on the disabled list.[57] To close spring training, the Blue Jays returned to Montreal's Olympic Stadium for a two-game series against the Red Sox.

Standings

American League East

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574 47–34 46–35
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 0.549 4 50–31 39–42
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549 4 46–35 43–38
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 9 48–33 36–45
Tampa Bay Rays 68 94 0.420 25 36–45 32–49


American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Texas Rangers 95 67 0.586
Cleveland Indians 94 67 0.584
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 0.549
Detroit Tigers 86 75 0.534
Seattle Mariners 86 76 0.531 3
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 5
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 5
Kansas City Royals 81 81 0.500 8
Chicago White Sox 78 84 0.481 11
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 74 88 0.457 15
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 20
Tampa Bay Rays 68 94 0.420 21
Minnesota Twins 59 103 0.364 30


Records vs opponents

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 1–2 1–2 10 6 16
Boston Red Sox 3–3 2–2 5–5 3 6 9
New York Yankees 4–1 2–1 6–2 5 6 11
Tampa Bay Rays 0–3 4–3 4–6 6 3 9
Totals 7–7 9–8 16–15 24 21 45
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 0–3 0–3 3 3
Cleveland Indians 4 3 7
Detroit Tigers 4 3 7
Kansas City Royals 3 3 6
Minnesota Twins 3–1 3–1 3 3
Totals 0–3 3–1 3–4 14 12 26
AL West
Houston Astros 3 4 7
Los Angeles Angels 3 4 7
Oakland Athletics 2–1 2–1 3 3
Seattle Mariners 3 3 6
Texas Rangers 3–1 1–2 4–3
Totals 5–2 1–2 6–4 9 14 23
National League
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 2 4
Colorado Rockies 3 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 1–2 1–2
Philadelphia Phillies 2 2 4
San Diego Padres 3 3
San Francisco Giants 2–1 2–1
Totals 1–2 2–1 3–3 7 7 14
Grand Totals 13–14 15–12 28–26 54 54 108
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
April 25 11 14 .440
May 29 17 12 .586
June
July
August
September
October
Totals 54 28 26 .519


Regular season

Opening Day

Opening Day starters
Position Name
Catcher Russell Martin
First baseman Chris Colabello
Second baseman Ryan Goins
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki
Third baseman Josh Donaldson
Left fielder Michael Saunders
Center fielder Kevin Pillar
Right fielder José Bautista
Designated hitter Edwin Encarnación
Pitcher Marcus Stroman

April

Josh Donaldson ended April tied for the American League lead in home runs, with 8.

The Blue Jays opened the 2016 season in Tampa Bay for a four-game series against the Rays. Marcus Stroman pitched into the ninth on Opening Day, and held the Rays to three runs in a 5–3 victory, closed out by Roberto Osuna.[58] Osuna would earn the save in the second game of the series as well, finishing another 5–3 win over Tampa Bay. Jesse Chavez and Drew Storen made their debuts for the Blue Jays, each pitching one inning in the win.[59] Brett Cecil also pitched a scoreless inning in the game, his 38th consecutive game played without allowing an earned run, which tied the MLB record set by Craig Kimbrel in 2011.[60] Cecil's streak would end the following night, as he yielded a two-run home run to Logan Forsythe to give the Rays a 3–2 lead that they would not relinquish. In the ninth inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out for Edwin Encarnación, who hit a ground ball to Evan Longoria, who threw to Forsythe at second to begin a double play. José Bautista slid into second and Forsythe threw wide of first, allowing two runs to score and giving the Blue Jays a 4–3 lead, however Rays manager Kevin Cash challenged that Bautista had violated the league's new "Chase Utley Rule" with his slide, by attempting to break-up the double play. After a short review, the umpires reversed their decision, and called both Bautista and Encarnación out, ending the game.[61] Tampa Bay would split the series in the finale, defeating the Blue Jays 5–3. Reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson left mid-game after injuring his right calf.[62]

After an off-day, the Blue Jays began a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, with Marcus Stroman taking the mound in the home opener. The Blue Jays led the game 7–2 following Josh Donaldson's second-career grand slam in the fourth inning, but in the sixth Brock Holt hit a grand slam for the Red Sox, and the Blue Jays bullpen would blow their third lead in as many games to take the loss, 8–7.[63] In the second game, R.A. Dickey would yield seven runs in an 8–4 loss, while Jose Bautista hit two home runs to record his 29th career multi-home run game.[64] Marco Estrada, who began the season on the disabled list with a back injury, made the start in the final game of the series looking to avoid a sweep. Estrada would pitch seven shutout innings in his season debut, earning the win over the Red Sox, 3–0.[65] The Blue Jays then battled the New York Yankees for the first time in 2016. The first game of the series went to the Yankees, who took advantage of Brett Cecil's early season struggles to win 3–2.[66] J. A. Happ would earn the win the following night, 7–2, holding the opposition to fewer than two runs for the 11th time in his last 12 games. José Bautista also recorded his 800th career RBI in the game.[67] Toronto would also take the rubber match, 4–2, led by 8 strong innings and 17 groundball outs from Marcus Stroman.[68]

After travelling to Boston, the Blue Jays took on the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Edwin Encarnación hit his first 2 home runs of the season but the Red Sox would prevail, taking the opener 5–3.[69] David Price made the start in the second game of the series, his first start against the Blue Jays since signing with Boston in the offseason. He would hold the Jays to two runs over seven innings and earn the win, 4–2.[70] Aaron Sanchez recorded his third consecutive quality start of the season by holding the Sox to two hits and one run over seven innings in the third game of the series, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. The Blue Jays would win the game, 5–3.[71] The final game of the series, played on Patriots' Day, saw the Blue Jays hang on to win, 4–3. Drew Storen recorded his first save with Toronto, as Roberto Osuna was unavailable for the game.[72] Nearing the end of 17 consecutive games against AL East opponents to open the season, the Blue Jays travelled to Baltimore to play the first-place Orioles. The first game of the series saw Marcus Stroman earn his third win of the season, as Toronto gave the Orioles their first loss at home in 2016.[73] The second game of the series went into extra innings tied 3–3. Rookie Joe Biagini loaded the bases in the tenth inning, and allowed the Orioles to score the winning run on a wild pitch.[74] In the rubber match, the Orioles would beat the Blue Jays 3–2, after Toronto was unable to score after plating two runs in the first inning.[75]

Returning home with an 8–9 record, the Blue Jays would battle the Oakland Athletics, who entered the series undefeated on the road in 2016. Hours prior to the game, MLB announced that Chris Colabello had been suspended for 80 games, after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in March.[76] Aaron Sanchez struggled through the worst start of his young career, allowing six earned runs in 413 innings pitched, as the Blue Jays lost 8–5.[77] The Blue Jays offence, which lead all of MLB in 2015, appeared to get back on track in the second game, as Troy Tulowitzki recorded his 12th career multi-home run game and Josh Donaldson also homered and drove in 4 runs in a 9–3 victory.[78] In the final game of the series, Drew Hutchison was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make a spot start for the Jays. He held the Athletics to 2 runs over 523 innings as the Blue Jays won the series, 6–3.[79] Toronto then battled the first-place Chicago White Sox in a three-game series. The Jays held a four run lead in the first game, only to have their bullpen yield the lead in the seventh inning, and take a 7–5 loss.[80] In the second game, White Sox ace Chris Sale earned his league-leading fifth win of the season, beating the Blue Jays 10–1.[81] Chicago would complete the sweep of the Blue Jays with a 4–0 win in the third game of the series.[82]

After a day off, the Blue Jays closed out April in Tampa Bay, where their season began. Michael Saunders recorded his first two home run game as a Blue Jay, and Aaron Sanchez rebounded from his previous start, throwing seven shutout innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 6–1 victory.[83] Brett Cecil took his fifth loss of the season in the final game of April, 4–3, by allowing the winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth inning without recording an out.[84] In taking the loss, Cecil became the first relief pitcher since at least the 1913 season to earn five losses in April.[85]

May

In the rubber match against Tampa, Marcus Stroman earned his team-leading fourth win of the season, defeating the Rays 5–1. The Blue Jays were held to just 15 hits in the three-game series, but hit 8 home runs.[86] The Blue Jays then returned to Toronto to face the Texas Rangers for the first time since defeating them in the 2015 American League Division Series. The Rangers would win the first game of the series, 2–1, and give the Jays their fourth loss in a row at home.[87] In the second game of the series, Justin Smoak hit his first home run of the season to tie the game in the ninth inning, and in the tenth, hit a walk-off two-run home run to give the Blue Jays a 3–1 victory.[88] Russell Martin gave the Blue Jays their second-consecutive walk-off win the following night, 4–3, after knocking in the winning run with a single to right field in the ninth inning.[89] Toronto would take the series finale, tagging Rangers starter Derek Holland for 11 earned runs in a 12–2 win. The Blue Jays scored double-digit runs for the first time in 2016, and Edwin Encarnación hit his 202nd home run with the Blue Jays, tying George Bell for fifth all-time.[90] The Jays then battled the Los Angeles Dodgers at home for three games. The first game was taken by the Blue Jays, 5–2, aided by Kevin Pillar's tie-breaking three-run home run in the eighth inning.[91] In the second game, the Blue Jays were held in check by Clayton Kershaw, who earned the win over Toronto, 6–2.[92] The Blue Jays fell in the rubber match, 4–2, with Drew Storen taking the loss after another poor performance in relief of Marco Estrada's seven strong innings.[93]

Continuing their interleague play, the Blue Jays travelled to San Francisco to battle the Giants in a three-game series. In the first of two favourable pitching matches, the Blue Jays sent Aaron Sanchez to the mound to face Jake Peavy, who entered with a 9.00 earned run average. Toronto would take the first game of the series, 3–1.[94] J. A. Happ started the second game for the Blue Jays, taking on Matt Cain, who owned an ERA over 7 at the start of play. Happ earned his team-leading fifth win, lowered his ERA to 2.08, and came within one out of a complete game shutout as the Blue Jays won by a score of 4–0.[95] The Blue Jays were denied their first sweep of the 2016 season, losing the finale 5–4 in the 13th inning.[96] The team ended their 6-game road trip in Arlington, Texas, to take on the Rangers. The Blue Jays won the first game of the series, shutting out the Rangers 5–0 in R.A. Dickey's best start of the season to that point.[97] In the second game, Justin Smoak and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game 5–5 in the ninth inning. However, Drew Stubbs would hit a walk-off home run in the tenth to even the series.[98]

Blue Jays–Rangers brawl

The final game of the series, a 7–6 loss for the Blue Jays, was filled with controversy. In the eighth inning, José Bautista, who had given the Blue Jays a 5–2 lead earlier in the game with a bases-clearing double, was hit by a pitch from Rangers reliever Matt Bush. The move was largely considered retaliation for Bautista flipping his bat after hitting a go-ahead 3-run home run in the 2015 American League Division Series, and resulted in both benches being warned by the home plate umpire, Dan Iassogna. Justin Smoak later grounded into a would-be double play, however Bautista slid hard into second base, taking out Rougned Odor and preventing the double play from being completed. Odor took exception to Bautista's slide, and retaliated by punching Bautista in the face, which resulted in a bench-clearing brawl. Bautista was called for an illegal slide, which ended the inning. Bautista, Odor, and Josh Donaldson were ejected in the brawl. In the bottom half of the inning, Jesse Chavez hit Prince Fielder with his first pitch, which resulted in the ejections of Chavez, Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale, and Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and first base coach Tim Leiper were also ejected earlier in the game. Leiper was ejected for arguing with first base umpire Dale Scott, and Gibbons was ejected by Iassogna for arguing balls and strikes.[99][100]

Following their brawl with the Rangers, the Blue Jays went home for a short, three-game home stand against Tampa Bay. The Rays took the first game of the series, 13–2, giving J. A. Happ his first loss of the season.[101] Prior to the second game, punishments for the Blue Jays and Rangers were handed down by Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer. John Gibbons and Jesse Chavez were each suspended three games, while José Bautista and Tim Leiper were suspended for one game. Both Bautista and Chavez appealed their suspensions. Gibbons was also fined $5,000, and Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar were fined an undisclosed amount. For the Rangers, Rougned Odor was suspended for eight games, and Elvis Andrus was suspended one game. Matt Bush, Sam Dyson, A. J. Griffin, and Robinson Chirinos were each fined an undisclosed amount.[102] The Rays would again win by blow-out, defeating the Blue Jays 12–2 that night.[103] Tampa Bay would complete the sweep with a 6–3 win in the finale, giving the Blue Jays their first five-game losing streak of the 2016 season.[104]

Looking to end their five-game losing streak, the Blue Jays took on the last-place Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. The first game would go into extra innings before Troy Tulowitzki drove in the go-ahead run in the eleventh. Joe Biagini would earn his first career save in the game, closing out the 3–2 win.[105] An offensive outburst would power the Jays to victory in the second game of the series, 9–3, lead by home runs from José Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders, and Darwin Barney.[106] J. A. Happ would pitch seven scoreless innings against the Twins the following day, however Minnesota would score five runs in the eighth inning to take a 5–3 lead that they would not relinquish.[107] The Blue Jays ended the four-game series on a high note, winning the finale 3–1 thanks to another strong pitching performance from staff ace Marcus Stroman.[108] The Jays ended their road trip playing the Yankees for three games. In 2015, Toronto played to an 8–2 record in New York. Their first game did not go as planned, as the Yankees handed the Jays their second shutout of the season, 6–0.[109] Russell Martin hit his first two home runs of the 2016 season in the second game, leading the Blue Jays to an 8–4 victory, their first of the season when allowing 4 or more runs.[110] The game also saw the return of Devon Travis, who went 1–4 at the plate and scored a run.[111] In their final road game of May, the Blue Jays held New York to a single run, taking the series with a 3–1 win.[112]

Returning home after a 5–2 road trip, the Blue Jays clashed with the first-place Red Sox for three games. Josh Donaldson led the Jays to a 7–5 victory in the first game of the homestand, hitting 2 home runs and knocking in 5 runs.[113] With the Red Sox leading 8–4 in the second game, the Jays battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the top of the ninth, David Ortiz hit his 40th career home run at the Rogers Centre, giving Boston a 9–8 lead. With Craig Kimbrel on to preserve the lead, Justin Smoak hit a two-out single to put the tying run on base. After pinch runner Ezequiel Carrera advanced to third base on an error, Russell Martin drilled an RBI double to tie the game. Martin advanced to third base on a passed ball, before Devon Travis hit a walk-off single to complete the comeback, 10–9.[114] David Price got the start in the final game of the series, making his first appearance in Toronto since signing a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox. Boston would take the game, 5–3, after scoring two runs in the eleventh inning to take the lead.[115]

Game log

Legend
Blue Jays win Blue Jays loss Game postponed
2016 Game Log

Roster

Toronto Blue Jays roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers


Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches


Restricted list

25 active, 15 inactive

10px 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated May 31, 2016
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters

Statistics

Batting

(Updated as of May 31, 2016)

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB AVG Ref.
Barney, DarwinDarwin Barney 32 87 13 28 3 1 2 8 2 3 .322 [116]
Bautista, JoséJosé Bautista 53 190 33 44 12 1 11 36 1 40 .232 [117]
Burns, AndyAndy Burns 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 [118]
Carrera, EzequielEzequiel Carrera 34 58 16 22 3 0 1 3 3 3 .379 [119]
Colabello, ChrisChris Colabello 10 29 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .069 [120]
Dickey, R.A.R.A. Dickey 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 [121]
Dominguez, MattMatt Dominguez 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 [122]
Donaldson, JoshJosh Donaldson 53 203 40 52 12 1 13 29 3 29 .256 [123]
Encarnación, EdwinEdwin Encarnación 54 208 22 50 13 0 10 40 0 20 .240 [124]
Floyd, GavinGavin Floyd 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 [125]
Goins, RyanRyan Goins 44 120 7 20 6 0 3 9 1 6 .165 [126]
Happ, J. A.J. A. Happ 11 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 [127]
Martin, RussellRussell Martin 46 147 11 29 2 0 3 14 0 10 .197 [128]
Paredes, JimmyJimmy Paredes 7 15 2 4 1 0 1 2 0 2 .267 [129]
Pillar, KevinKevin Pillar 53 203 19 50 16 1 2 17 5 5 .246 [130]
Sanchez, AaronAaron Sanchez 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 [131]
Saunders, MichaelMichael Saunders 46 172 25 50 12 1 9 18 0 20 .291 [132]
Smoak, JustinJustin Smoak 49 131 15 36 6 0 5 13 1 20 .275 [133]
Stroman, MarcusMarcus Stroman 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 [134]
Thole, JoshJosh Thole 17 42 1 6 0 0 1 1 0 5 .143 [135]
Travis, DevonDevon Travis 6 24 4 6 1 0 0 3 0 1 .250 [136]
Tulowitzki, TroyTroy Tulowitzki 46 167 17 34 6 0 8 23 1 18 .204 [137]

Pitching

(Updated as of May 31, 2016)

Player G GS W L SV ERA WHIP IP H R ER BB K Ref.
Antolin, DustinDustin Antolin 1 0 0 0 0 13.50 2.50 2 4 3 3 1 1 [138]
Biagini, JoeJoe Biagini 17 0 3 1 1 0.86 1.10 21 17 4 2 6 17 [139]
Cecil, BrettBrett Cecil 16 0 0 5 0 5.23 1.94 1013 17 7 6 3 9 [140]
Chavez, JesseJesse Chavez 19 0 0 1 0 3.44 1.47 1813 20 8 7 7 19 [141]
Dickey, R.A.R.A. Dickey 12 11 2 6 0 4.64 1.32 66 64 40 34 23 48 [142]
Estrada, MarcoMarco Estrada 10 10 3 2 0 2.43 1.02 6623 42 19 18 26 58 [143]
Floyd, GavinGavin Floyd 19 0 2 4 0 3.91 0.91 23 15 10 10 6 24 [144]
Girodo, ChadChad Girodo 11 0 0 0 0 4.32 1.32 813 9 4 4 2 4 [145]
Happ, J. A.J. A. Happ 11 11 6 2 0 3.06 1.16 7023 60 24 24 22 45 [146]
Hutchison, DrewDrew Hutchison 1 1 1 0 0 3.18 1.24 523 4 2 2 3 5 [147]
León, ArnoldArnold León 2 0 0 0 0 7.71 1.71 213 3 2 2 1 2 [148]
Loup, AaronAaron Loup 2 0 0 0 0 18.00 1.00 1 1 2 2 0 3 [149]
Morales, FranklinFranklin Morales 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 23 0 0 0 0 0 [150]
Osuna, RobertoRoberto Osuna 24 0 2 0 12 1.13 0.79 24 13 4 3 6 27 [151]
Sanchez, AaronAaron Sanchez 10 10 4 1 0 3.29 1.20 6523 56 26 24 23 58 [152]
Storen, DrewDrew Storen 21 0 0 2 3 6.75 1.67 1713 25 13 13 4 19 [153]
Stroman, MarcusMarcus Stroman 11 11 5 1 0 4.46 1.25 7423 73 39 37 20 50 [154]
Tepera, RyanRyan Tepera 3 0 0 0 0 11.57 3.43 213 5 3 3 3 1 [155]
Venditte, PatPat Venditte 7 0 0 0 0 4.05 1.95 623 9 6 3 4 4 [156]

Transactions

April

  • On April 2, signed Franklin Morales to a one-year, $2 million contract, and optioned Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo.[157]
  • On April 3, placed Marco Estrada, Aaron Loup, Devon Travis, and Bo Schultz on the 15-day disabled list, and acquired Chris Leroux from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for cash considerations.[157]
  • On April 7, outrighted A. J. Jiménez to Triple-A Buffalo.[157]
  • On April 10, activated Marco Estrada off the 15-day disabled list, and placed Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 7, with left shoulder fatigue.[157]
  • On April 13, designated Arnold León for assignment, and recalled Pat Venditte from Triple-A Buffalo.[157]
  • On April 15, signed Kyle Westwood to a minor league contract.[157]
  • On April 22, placed Chris Colabello on the restricted list, signed Michael Bourn to a minor league contract, and selected the contract of Chad Girodo from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[157]
  • On April 23, outrighted Arnold León to Triple-A Buffalo.[157]
  • On April 24, optioned Chad Girodo and recalled Drew Hutchison from Triple-A Buffalo.[157]
  • On April 26, optioned Drew Hutchison and recalled Matt Dominguez from Triple-A Buffalo.[157]
  • On April 27, signed Roberto Hernández to a minor league contract, optioned Pat Venditte, and recalled Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.[157]
  • On April 28, sent Bo Schultz on a rehab assignment to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays.[157]

May

  • On May 4, optioned Matt Dominguez, recalled Chad Girodo from Triple-A Buffalo, and sent Bo Schultz on a rehab assignment to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.[158]
  • On May 6, optioned Ryan Tepera, and selected the contract of Andy Burns from Triple-A Buffalo.[158]
  • On May 9, placed Brett Cecil on the paternity list and recalled Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.[158]
  • On May 12, activated Brett Cecil from the paternity list, and optioned Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo.[158]
  • On May 13, sent Devon Travis on a rehab assignment to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays.[158]
  • On May 14, sent Aaron Loup and Bo Schultz on rehab assignments to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays and Triple-A Buffalo Bisons respectively.[158]
  • On May 15, placed Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list, and selected the contract of Dustin Antolin from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[158]
  • On May 16, claimed Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.[158]
  • On May 17, activated Jimmy Paredes, recalled Pat Venditte, and optioned Andy Burns and Dustin Antolin to Triple-A Buffalo.[158]
  • On May 19, sent Devon Travis on a rehab assignment to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[158]
  • On May 21, sent Aaron Loup on a rehab assignment to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[158]
  • On May 25, activated Devon Travis and optioned Pat Venditte to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[158]
  • On May 28, placed Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list, and activated Aaron Loup.[158]
  • On May 30, designated Jimmy Paredes for assignment, and recalled Ryan Tepera from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[158]
  • On May 31, acquired Jason Grilli and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves for Sean Ratcliffe.[158]

June

  • On June 1, traded Jimmy Paredes to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations or a player to be named later.[159]

Farm system

(Updated as of May 31, 2016)

Level
Team League Manager Win–loss record Position Postseason Ref.
Triple-A Buffalo Bisons International League Gary Allenson 28–25 4th place
International North
2½ GB
TBA [160]
Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League Bobby Meacham 24–26 4th place
Eastern League Eastern
9 GB
TBA [161]
Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Ken Huckaby 23–30 5th place (first half)
Florida State League North
11 GB
TBA [162]
Class-A Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League John Schneider 26–24 5th place (first half)
Midwest League Eastern
4½ GB
TBA [163]
Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians Northwest League John Tamargo Season begins
June 17
TBA [164]
Rookie Advanced Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League Dennis Holmberg Season begins
June 23
TBA [165]
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Cesar Martin Season begins
June 24
TBA [166]
Rookie DSL Blue Jays Dominican Summer League Jose Mateo Season begins
June 4
TBA [167]

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