2013 Toronto Blue Jays season

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2013 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Rogers, CEO Paul Beeston, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos
Manager(s) John Gibbons
Local television Sportsnet
Sportsnet One
(Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler, Jack Morris, Matt Devlin)
Local radio Blue Jays Radio Network
Sportsnet 590 the FAN
(Jerry Howarth, Jack Morris, Mike Wilner, Dirk Hayhurst)
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The 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 37th season of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays franchise, and the 24th full season of play (25th overall) at the Rogers Centre. Despite high expectations heading into the season, the Blue Jays finished 74–88, in last place in the division.

Offseason[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

On October 21, 2012, the Blue Jays officially announced that they had released their manager John Farrell from his contract in the same agreement that sent David Carpenter to the Red Sox in exchange for Mike Avilés.[1]

On November 20, 2012, the Blue Jays announced that former manager John Gibbons would once again manage the Blue Jays, in 2013.

On November 26, 2012, the Blue Jays announced most of the coaching staff that will be working under John Gibbons. Five of its six coaching positions were filled. DeMarlo Hale (bench coach), Chad Mottola (hitting coach), Dwayne Murphy (first base coach) Luis Rivera (third base coach) and Pete Walker (pitching coach) were all signed on.[2] The following month, Pat Hentgen was hired as the bullpen coach.

Departing players[edit]

After the end of the 2012 season, the Blue Jays lost a number of players including Carlos Villanueva, Kelly Johnson, Jason Frasor and Brandon Lyon. They also declined the option for Rajai Davis, but instead gave him a $2.5 million one-year contract.

Player signings[edit]

The Blue Jays started their offseason by signing free agent Maicer Izturis to a three-year $9 million deal with an option year, on November 8. On November 16, they signed free agent Melky Cabrera to a two-year $16 million deal.

Trades[edit]

On the same day as the Izturis signing, the Blue Jays acquired RHP Jeremy Jeffress from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. They then completed a trade with the Cleveland Indians in which they acquired RHP Esmil Rogers in exchange for the newly acquired Mike Avilés and Yan Gomes.

On November 14, Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins completed a blockbuster trade. Toronto acquired pitcher Josh Johnson, pitcher Mark Buehrle, shortstop José Reyes, utility man Emilio Bonifacio, and catcher John Buck. In return, Toronto sent pitcher Henderson Álvarez, pitching prospect Justin Nicolino, outfield prospect Jake Marisnick, infielder Yunel Escobar, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis and pitching prospect Anthony Desclafani. Toronto also received $8+ million in cash from the Marlins. The mega-trade is described as a fire sale after the Marlins took on huge salaries a year prior, and dumped all of their high-salaried players.[3][4]

On December 17, 2012, the Blue Jays acquired the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey in a trade with the New York Mets that sent prospects Travis D'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, minor leaguer Wuilmer Becrra and catcher John Buck to New York. Toronto also received catcher Josh Thole and minor league catcher Mike Nickeas in the trade. As part of the transaction, the Blue Jays signed Dickey to an extension worth a total of $29 million over 3 years with a $12 million 4th year option. [5]

Opening Day[edit]

The Blue Jays began their 2013 season on April 2, with a home game against the Cleveland Indians. On February 5, 2013 at the annual state of the franchise address, manager John Gibbons named reigning National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey as the opening day starter for the Blue Jays.[6][7]

Standings[edit]

American League East[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Boston Red Sox 97 65 0.599 53–28 44–37
(5) Tampa Bay Rays 92 71 0.564 51–30 41–41
New York Yankees 85 77 0.525 12 46–35 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 85 77 0.525 12 46–35 39–42
Toronto Blue Jays 74 88 0.457 23 40–41 34–47


American League Wild Card[edit]

Division Winners W L Pct.
Boston Red Sox 97 65 0.599
Oakland Athletics 96 66 0.593
Detroit Tigers 93 69 0.574


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 92 70 0.568
Tampa Bay Rays 92 71 0.564
Texas Rangers 91 72 0.558 1
Kansas City Royals 86 76 0.531
Baltimore Orioles 85 77 0.525
New York Yankees 85 77 0.525
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 78 84 0.481 13½
Toronto Blue Jays 74 88 0.457 17½
Seattle Mariners 71 91 0.438 20½
Minnesota Twins 66 96 0.407 25½
Chicago White Sox 63 99 0.389 28½
Houston Astros 51 111 0.315 40½


Records vs opponents[edit]

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 6–4 3–6 9–10
Boston Red Sox 4–5 4–6 8–11
New York Yankees 5–4 0–10 5–14
Tampa Bay Rays 4–5 4–6 8–11
Totals 19–18 11–28 30–46
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 2–2 1–2 3–4
Cleveland Indians 1–2 1–2 2–4
Detroit Tigers 1–3 1–2 2–5
Kansas City Royals 2–1 2–1 4–2
Minnesota Twins 2–1 3–0 5–1
Totals 8–9 8–7 16–16
AL West
Houston Astros 3–1 1–2 4–3
Los Angeles Angels 0–3 1–3 1–6
Oakland Athletics 1–3 2–1 3–4
Seattle Mariners 1–2 2–1 3–3
Texas Rangers 2–1 4–0 6–1
Totals 7–10 10–7 17–17
National League
Arizona Diamondbacks 2–1 2–1
Atlanta Braves 1–1 1–1 2–2
Colorado Rockies 3–0 3–0
Los Angeles Dodgers 0–3 0–3
San Diego Padres 1–2 1–2
San Francisco Giants 2–0 1–1 3–1
Totals 6–4 5–5 11–9
Grand Totals 40–41 34–46 74–88
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
April 27 10 17 .370
May 28 13 15 .464
June 26 17 9 .654
July 26 10 16 .385
August 29 12 17 .414
September 26 12 14 .462
Totals 162 74 88 .457
2013 AL Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 11–8 4–3 3–4 4–2 4–2 3–4 5–2 3–3 9–10 5–2 2–4 6–13 5–2 10–9 11–9
Boston 8–11 4–2 6–1 3–4 6–1 2–5 3–3 4–3 13–6 3–3 6–1 12–7 2–4 11–8 14–6
Chicago 3–4 2–4 2–17 7–12 3–4 9–10 3–4 8–11 3–3 2–5 3–3 2–5 4–2 4–3 8–12
Cleveland 4–3 1–6 17–2 4–15 6–1 10–9 4–2 13–6 1–6 5–2 5–2 2–4 5–1 4–2 11–9
Detroit 2–4 4–3 12–7 15–4 6–1 9–10 0–6 11–8 3–3 3–4 5–2 3–3 3–4 5–2 12–8
Houston 2–4 1–6 4–3 1–6 1–6 2–4 10–9 1–5 1–5 4–15 9–10 2–5 2–17 3–4 8–12
Kansas City 4–3 5–2 10–9 9–10 10–9 4–2 2–5 15–4 2–5 1–5 4–3 6–1 3–3 2–4 9–11
Los Angeles 2–5 3–3 4–3 2–4 6–0 9–10 5–2 1–5 3–4 8–11 11–8 4–3 4–15 6–1 10–10
Minnesota 3–3 3–4 11–8 6–13 8–11 5–1 4–15 5–1 2–5 1–6 4–3 1–6 4–3 1–5 8–12
New York 10–9 6–13 3–3 6–1 3–3 5–1 5–2 4–3 5–2 1–5 4–3 7–12 3–4 14–5 9–11
Oakland 2–5 3–3 5–2 2–5 4–3 15–4 5–1 11–8 6–1 5–1 8–11 3–3 10–9 4–3 13–7
Seattle 4–2 1–6 3–3 2–5 2–5 10–9 3–4 8–11 3–4 3–4 11–8 3–3 7–12 3–3 8–12
Tampa Bay 13–6 7–12 5–2 4–2 3–3 5–2 1–6 3–4 6–1 12–7 3–3 3–3 3–4 11–8 12–8
Texas 2–5 4–2 2–4 1–5 4–3 17–2 3–3 15–4 3–4 4–3 9–10 12–7 4–3 1–6 10–10
Toronto 9–10 8–11 3–4 2–4 2–5 4–3 4–2 1–6 5–1 5–14 3–4 3–3 8–11 6–1 11–9

Updated for games through September 29, 2013


2013 Draft[edit]

The 2013 Major League Baseball Draft was held on June 6–8.

Round Pick Player Position College/School Nationality Signed
1 10 Phillip Bickford* RHP Oaks Christian High School (CA) United States Unsigned
2 47 Clinton Hollon RHP Woodford County High School (KY) United States 2013–07–06
3 83 Patrick Murphy RHP Hamilton High School (AZ) United States 2013–06–13
4 115 Evan Smith LHP Mary G. Montgomery High School (AL) United States 2013–06–13
5 145 Daniel Lietz LHP Heartland CC United States 2013–06–13
6 175 Matt Boyd LHP Oregon State United States 2013–07–11
7 205 Conner Greene RHP Santa Monica High School (CA) United States 2013–06–13
8 235 Kendall Graveman RHP Mississippi State United States 2013–07–09
9 265 Chad Girodo LHP Mississippi State United States 2013–07–09
10 295 Garrett Custons C Air Force United States 2013–06–13
  • – Bickford did not sign with the Blue Jays by the deadline of July 12. Toronto received the 11th overall draft selection as compensation in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, with which they drafted Max Pentecost.

Roster[edit]

2013 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Legend
Blue Jays Win Blue Jays Loss Game Postponed
2013 Game Log

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Marty Brown
AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League Gary Allenson
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Bobby Meacham
A Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League John Tamargo, Jr.
Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians Northwest League Clayton McCullough
Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League Dennis Holmberg
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League John Schneider

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Vancouver[8]

References[edit]

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