2013 Toronto Blue Jays season
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.
|2013 Toronto Blue Jays|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Rogers; Paul Beeston (CEO)|
|General manager(s)||Alex Anthopoulos|
(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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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.
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. The following month, Pat Hentgen was hired as the bullpen coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American League EastEdit
|Boston Red Sox||97||65||0.599||—||53–28||44–37|
|Tampa Bay Rays||92||71||0.564||5½||51–30||41–41|
|New York Yankees||85||77||0.525||12||46–35||39–42|
|Toronto Blue Jays||74||88||0.457||23||40–41||34–47|
American League Wild CardEdit
|Boston Red Sox||97||65||0.599|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Tampa Bay Rays||92||71||0.564||—|
|Kansas City Royals||86||76||0.531||5½|
|New York Yankees||85||77||0.525||6½|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||78||84||0.481||13½|
|Toronto Blue Jays||74||88||0.457||17½|
|Chicago White Sox||63||99||0.389||28½|
Records vs opponentsEdit
2013 AL Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
The 2013 Major League Baseball draft was held on June 6–8.
|1||10||Phillip Bickford*||RHP||Oaks Christian High School (CA)||Unsigned|
|2||47||Clinton Hollon||RHP||Woodford County High School (KY)||2013–07–06|
|3||83||Patrick Murphy||RHP||Hamilton High School (AZ)||2013–06–13|
|4||115||Evan Smith||LHP||Mary G. Montgomery High School (AL)||2013–06–13|
|5||145||Daniel Lietz||LHP||Heartland CC||2013–06–13|
|6||175||Matt Boyd||LHP||Oregon State||2013–07–11|
|7||205||Conner Greene||RHP||Santa Monica High School (CA)||2013–06–13|
|8||235||Kendall Graveman||RHP||Mississippi State||2013–07–09|
|9||265||Chad Girodo||LHP||Mississippi State||2013–07–09|
|10||295||Garrett Custons||C||Air Force||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.
|2013 Toronto Blue Jays|
Legend Blue Jays Win Blue Jays Loss Game Postponed
|2013 Game Log|
April 10–17 (Home 6–8, Road 4–9)
May 13–15 (Home 8–8, Road 5–7)
June 17–9 (Home 8–1, Road 9–8)
July 10–16 (Home 6–11, Road 4–5)
August 12–17 (Home 7–5, Road 5–12)
September 12–14 (Home 5–8, Road 7–6)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Vancouver
- "Blue Jays complete deal with Red Sox". Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Gibbons fills out coaching staff, minus 'pen coach". Retrieved November 26, 2012.
- "Dickey deal official as Blue Jays acquire ace". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
- Toman, Chris (February 5, 2013). "Blue Jays set rotation around No. 1 Dickey". MLB.com. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- "Jays manager John Gibbons says Dickey will start opening night". TSN.ca. February 5, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2013). Baseball America 2014 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-48-0.