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Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo says he is leaning towards batting Bo Bichette leadoff again this year. (Source: SportsNet)

Fantasy Impact: Bichette hit leadoff in 45 of his 46 big league games last year. For the season he hit .311 with a .929 OPS so it would make sense for Montoyo to want to stick with him in that spot. He also added that he'll likely hit Cavan Biggio second again as well. That gives Toronto two good OBP bats atop their lineup.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. says he is a lot stronger and also feels "lighter" compared to last off-season. (Source: SportsNet)

Fantasy Impact: Guerrero had a bit of a conditioning issue in his rookie season and has spent the off-season getting into better shape. It's a similar approach that Rafael Devers used last winter so there's certainly reason to be encouraged by this. In 2019 Vladito hit .272 with 15 homers and an underwhelming .772 OPS.

Joe Panik signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Saturday. (Source: Keegan Matheson on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Panik is a non-roster invitee, and will get a chance to compete for a job in Spring Training. He slashed .244/.315/.336 with five home runs, 39 RBI, 50 runs scored and four stolen bases across 491 plate appearances for the Mets/Giants last season. Panik will look to turn things around after having back-to-back mediocre campaigns.

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Jon Morosi of reports the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent infielder Travis Shaw. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The contract is for $4 million. Shaw struggled mightily in 2019, batting .157 with a .551 OPS. However, he had hit 30 homers in back-to-back years with Milwaukee in 2017 and 2018. There is a decent chance the 29-year-old bounces back with the Blue Jays.

Category: Transactions

Japanese right-hander Shun Yamaguchi has agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal is said to be for $3 million. Yamaguchi posted a 2.91 ERA and 1.159 WHIP with 188 strikeouts over 170 innings in 2019 for the Yomiuri Giants. He'll be in the mix for a back-end rotation spot in Toronto. He could be interesting for fantasy purposes depending on his role, but he's more likely to start the season the fantasy waiver wire.

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Teoscar Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks on Saturday as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays by a 4-1 score.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez is hitting just .227 with a .302 on-base percentage but has put up some nice counting stats for fantasy owners. The 26-year-old outfielder has 25 home runs, 62 RBI, 58 runs and five stolen bases on the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Randal Grichuk went 1-for-4 with a triple while scoring a run and driving in a run as the Blue Jays beat the Rays by a 4-1 score on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Grichuk is hitting just .233 on the season with a .282 on-base percentage. But the veteran outfielder has put up some nice power numbers with 30 home runs and 80 RBI. Grichuk is worth owning in deeper leagues for owners needing some slugging.

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Ken Giles threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Rays on Saturday to pick up his 23rd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Giles has been great in the role of closer for the Blue Jays this season. The veteran reliever is 23-for-24 in save chances with a 1.87 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 83 strikeouts in 53 innings of work.

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Trent Thornton allowed only one hit over five scoreless innings in a win over the Rays on Saturday. He struck out eight and walked four.

Fantasy Impact: Thornton has been inconsistent this year in his first season in the majors. The rookie finishes with a 6-9 record with a 4.84 ERA over 29 starts (32 games). Thornton has a good chance of winning a role in the Jays rotation in 2020.

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Cavan Biggio went 1-for-4 with a double and walk on Friday as the Blue Jays lost to the Rays by a 6-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Biggio has been very streaky at the plate in his first season in the majors. The rookie is hitting just .234 but has put up some strong counting stats with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 64 runs and 14 stolen bases for the year.

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T.J. Zeuch took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings Friday against Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Zeuch finishes the season with a 1-2 record with a 4.76 ERA through his first five appearances (including three starts) in the majors. The rookie will get a good shot at winning a job in the rotation in 2020.

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Anthony Kay (side, back) is still being evaluated to figure out what is causing pain in his side and back according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet baseball. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kay was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Orioles due to the pain in his back and side. Kay says that it's not muscular, and that he had a CT Scan that is still being evaluated. With the season coming to a close expect the Jays to shutdown the rookie pitcher for the rest of the year.

Category: Injury Updates

Derek Fisher went 1-for-4 with a walk, drove in a run and scored on Thursday as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles by an 8-4 score.

Fantasy Impact: Fisher has been alternating between the lineup and the bench for the Blue Jays. The 26-year-old outfielder has struggled at the plate this season hitting just .188 with a 31.8% strikeout rate over 50 games.

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Lourdes Gurriel went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two runs and two RBI in the Blue Jays' 8-4 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Gurriel has dealt with some injuries and streakiness but overall has had a good year at the plate for the Blue Jays. The 25-year-old infielder is hitting .284 with 20 home runs, 50 RBI, 52 runs scored and six stolen bases on the year.

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Rowdy Tellez went 1-for-2 with three walks and scored three runs on Wednesday as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles by an 11-10 score.

Fantasy Impact: Tellez finally had a patient night at the plate with the three walks as the slugger has been striking out at a career-high 28% this season. Don't expect this trend to continue and Tellez can be left on the waiver wire.

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Clay Buchholz allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out four across 3 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Orioles. He did not factor in the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz has been a disappointment for the Blue Jays and has a 1-5 record with a 6.48 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 29 strikeouts over 50 innings pitched. Buchholz will have a rematch against the Orioles in his next outing, currently projected to come on Monday.

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Jacob Waguespack allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts across 3 2/3 innings while taking a loss against the Yankees on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Waguespack is now 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 52 strikeouts in 67 innings this season. He will look to rebound in his next start Friday, but he will again face the Yankees, this time on the road.

Category: Game Recaps

Zack Godley cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. (Source: Blue Jays on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Godley passed through waivers unclaimed and will head to the minors for the team. The veteran righty has a 3.94 ERA and 12/7 K/BB ratio across 16 innings as a reliever for the Jays.

Category: Transactions

Justin Smoak went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk while scoring a run on Saturday as the Blue Jays lost to the Rays by a 5-3 score.

Fantasy Impact: Smoak has been disappointing this season hitting just .212. But the veteran first baseman has put up some decent power numbers with 20 home runs and 55 RBI over 111 games. Smoak is worth owning in AL-only formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Reese McGuire went 3-for-4 and scored a run during Thursday's loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: McGuire has only played 18 games in the majors this season but has hit well in his time at the big league level. The 24-year-old catcher is hitting .310 with four homers and six RBI in 60 plate appearances. McGuire could see a bigger role next season and might be worth owning in deeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

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