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Blue Jays lose Marcus Semien, gain Kevin Gausman in free agency

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You win some and lose some when it comes to free agency in professional sports. The Toronto Blue Jays lived that truth over the weekend.

Lets start with the bad news. Free agent infielder Marcus Semien, who played with the Blue Jays in 2021, has signed with the Texas Rangers for a reported seven-year, $175 million deal that will have him under contract up until he is 38 years old.

This comes as a big blow to Toronto as Semien played a significant role in the team’s lineup. Not only did he finish third in AL MVP voting, but he won a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger Award and was named to the All-MLB first team as a result of his incredible performance in 2021.

Fortunately for the Blue Jays, they lucked out on the pitching front and added one of the most sought after free agent righties to bolster their already formidable rotation. The team announced that they have signed veteran starter Kevin Gausman to a five-year, $110 million contract.

The 30-year old is coming off a career year with the San Francisco Giants where he posted a 14-6 record, 2.81 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 3.00 FIP over a span of 33 starts and 192 innings pitched. The production rivals that of Blue Jays ace Robbie Ray, who won the AL Cy Young Award this past season and is currently a free agent.

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Red Sox legend David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame as part of 2022 class

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The results for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame voting are in!

Longtime Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz was announced as the lone player to be elected into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class. He was just the fourth primary designated hitter to get voted in, and only the 58th player inducted in his first year of consideration.

Ortiz, who was on the ballot for the first time this year, received 77.5% of votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America (surpassing the 75% threshold required to make it into Cooperstown).

The 46-year old was beyond excited about getting voted into the Hall of Fame, but admits the thought of even being good enough never entered his mind back when he began his professional baseball career.

“It’s something I really never dreamed of it,” said Ortiz.

“I was the type of player, I know I got the talent, but all I was looking for was the opportunity to be an everyday player.”

Ortiz, a native of Dominican Republic, posted a .286 batting average, .931 OPS, 541 homers and 1768 RBI over a span of 20 seasons and 2408 combined games split between the Minnesota Twins and Red Sox from 1997-2016.

During his illustrious career, he was selected to 10 MLB All-Star games, and was a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner, three-time World Series champion, three-time AL RBI leader, and a two-time AL Hank Aaron Award winner. He also has a World Series MVP, ALCS MVP, and AL Home Run award winner under his belt.

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Jaime Vieira makes history, becomes first female coach in Blue Jays organization

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The Toronto Blue Jays have made headlines despite there being a Major League baseball shutdown. And yes, it’s for all the right reasons!

The organization announced that they have hired Georgetown, Ontario native Jaime Vieira as a minor league hitting coach. This marks the first time in Blue Jays history that the team has ever had a female in a coaching role.

Vieira has been with the club since she was brought on as a programs specialist with the Jays Care Foundation back in 2019. She was previously a player and coach with the Toronto-based Humber Hawks, and has a Master of Science degree from York University.

No word yet on which affiliate she will be spending her time with.

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MLB enters a lockout for first time since 1995

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Well it’s official.

After failing to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement by midnight, the MLB has formally announced a lock out of its players. It’s the league’s first work stoppage in 26 years, which took place for nearly eight months between August 12, 1994 – April 2, 1995.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a letter to fans, urging them to remain positive and hopeful as negotiations between the league and the players association get underway.

“We believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season,” wrote Manfred.

“We hope that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time. This defensive lockout was necessary because the players’ association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive.”

During this process, teams will not be able to sign or trade players. However, clubs will be allowed to pay players any bonuses they are owed in the coming weeks or months. Players are not allowed to train or work out at club facilities, and are allowed to sign with other leagues assuming the strike lasts deep enough into the offseason.

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