Blue Jays Afternoon Brew: Wagner’s Wage, Roster Moves, Dunedin Prospects


Has Neil Wagner been treated fairly by the Toronto Blue Jays? Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays have an off-day today and are currently tied for first place in the American League with a record above .500 and an upcoming series against the Minnesota Twins.

It’s not so bad to be a Blue Jays fan right now – here are your latest news and rumours.

Ken Rosenthal has some interesting Jays related stuff at Fox Sports including a juicy tidbit that Neil Wagner is actually making less this year ($500,000) than he did last year ($525,000). According to Wagner’s agent, it sounds like they didn’t accept the Blue Jays’ initial offer of $506,250, which was based on service time and not performance, and instead allowed the Jays to renew his contract for the league minimum of $500k. Talk about pinching pennies.

In case you missed it, the Blue Jays made a flurry of roster moves yesterday and Kyle Franzoni recapped for us here at Jays Journal. J.A. Happ and Munenori Kawasaki are up, Erik Kratz is down and Maicer Izturis heads to the DL. Izturis talked to the media about the injury in a brief interview on The Fan 590.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet says that the Blue Jays see the benefit of playing tight games, which manager John Gibbons thinks gives them an “edge”.

Chris Sherwin and Ewan Ross of Blue Jays Plus do a semi-optimistic podcast about the week that was for the Toronto Blue Jays. They also interview Chris King of Baseball Prospectus who provides updates from the Blue Jays High-A team in Dunedin including Daniel Norris, Dwight Smith Jr. and Dalton Pompey. Warning: It does include language we don’t use on this site.

Mickey Storey was activated off the disabled list for the Buffalo Bisons and reliever Richard Bleier was shipped back to Double-A. According to the Buffalo News, Storey had been placed on the DL with left trapezius tightness but it sounds like he pitched well in his return.