MRI on Profar's shoulder shows progress
Jurickson Profar | TEX
(January 29, 2015 3:33 PM EST)
An MRI taken this week on Jurickson Profar's right shoulder showed significant healing.
Profar will stretch his throwing out to 75 feet next week and he has also been cleared to introduce dry swings into his workout plan. The 21-year-old infielder should be close to 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 season, but he's probably going to be ticketed for Triple-A after sitting out all of 2014.
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Anthony Andro on Twitter
Blue Jays ink Ramon Santiago to minors deal
Ramon Santiago | TOR
(January 29, 2015 2:29 PM EST)
Blue Jays signed INF Ramon Santiago to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Santiago is 35 years old and a weak .243/.314/.330 career hitter at the major league level. He'll be nothing more than organizational infield depth for Toronto.
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Shi Davidi on Twitter
Blue Jays sign Belisario to minor league deal
Ronald Belisario | TOR
(January 29, 2015 2:23 PM EST)
Blue Jays signed RHP Ronald Belisario to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The non-guaranteed deal will pay Belisario a salary of $1.7 million if he makes the Jays' 25-man roster. Belisario had a disappointing 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 66 1/3 innings last season for the White Sox and was removed from their 40-man roster on November 20. The 32-year-old right-hander is capable of putting his career back on track with Toronto.
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Jim Bowden on Twitter
Werth to begin five-day jail sentence Friday
Jayson Werth | WAS
(January 29, 2015 1:46 PM EST)
Jayson Werth will begin serving his five-day jail sentence in Fairfax County, Virginia on Friday.
Werth was handed the five-day sentence Thursday in the Fairfax County General Circuit Court after pleading guilty to reckless driving. He got busted back in July for driving his Porsche 105 mph in a 55 mph zone along Interstate 495. The 35-year-old outfielder will be on time for spring training, though January 9 shoulder surgery is going to keep him from activities for the first several weeks of camp. Werth is questionable for Opening Day.
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Julie Carey on Twitter
Blue Jays 'very close' to deal with Belisario
Ronald Belisario | CWS
(January 29, 2015 1:31 PM EST)
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays are "very close" to signing Ronald Belisario.
Belisario was outrighted off the White Sox's 40-man roster in November after posting an ugly 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 66 1/3 innings in 2014. The 32-year-old right-hander has been a very effective setup man in the past and will try to reestablish himself with the rapidly-improving Jays.
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Jon Morosi on Twitter
Brandon Beachy won't sign until closer to ST
Brandon Beachy | ATL
(January 29, 2015 1:20 PM EST)
Brandon Beachy isn't planning to sign with a team until sometime in early- to mid-February.
Beachy was said to be close to a deal with an undisclosed club late last week, but those talks apparently fell apart. Here's the statement from Beachy's agent, Rob Martin: "Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger and he’s feeling even more confident about his progress. Thus, he is going to continue with his throwing program and make a decision closer to spring training." The 28-year-old right-hander is recovering from his second Tommy John elbow surgery.
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Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Werth gets 5 days in jail on reckless driving
Jayson Werth | WAS
(January 29, 2015 12:11 PM EST)
Jayson Werth was sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving Thursday in Fairfax County General Circuit Court.
Werth got busted back in July for driving his Porsche 105 mph in a 55 mph zone along a stretch of Interstate 495 in Northern Virginia. He was originally sentenced 10 days in jail, but his successful appeal has cut the punishment in half. The 35-year-old outfielder will presumably try to do the time before spring training, but he may not be allowed to pick the dates.
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Justin Jouvenal on Twitter
Mesoraco to catch 145 games this season?
Devin Mesoraco | CIN
(January 29, 2015 9:48 AM EST)
Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that he wants Devin Mesoraco to catch 145 games in 2015.
Mesoraco made only 104 starts at catcher in 2014 yet still managed to slug 25 home runs. He'll have a much bigger workload this season, assuming good health. "Realistically, I see him as a Yadier Molina type guy who is going to catch 145 games a year," Price told Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News.
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Cincinnati Enquirer
Blue Jays 'making strong push' for Belisario
Ronald Belisario | CWS
(January 29, 2015 9:32 AM EST)
According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays are making a "strong push" for Ronald Belisario.
Toronto has also been connected recently to free agent relievers Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano, and Burke Badenhop. Belisario should come fairly cheap here in late January after posting a rough 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 66 1/3 innings last season with the White Sox. He'd be a middle relief arm for the Jays.
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Jon Morosi on Twitter
Jays keeping in touch with Badenhop's reps
Burke Badenhop | BOS
(January 28, 2015 10:49 PM EST)
A source tells FOX Sports' Jon Morosi that the Blue Jays have kept in touch with representatives for free agent Burke Badenhop.
Morosi reported last week that the Jays were among the clubs talking with Badenhop. Another team reported to be interested, the Nationals, recently signed Casey Janssen -- the Jays' former closer -- likely taking them out of the mix. Badenhop had a 2.29 ERA in 70 2/3 innings with the Red Sox last season, and his familiarity with the AL East could be viewed as an asset by the Jays.
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Jon Morosi on Twitter

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