Latest Ross Atkins News

Royals send Whit Merrifield to Blue Jays for 2 players

Aug. 02, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield said last month he might be willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if it meant playing for a team in contention, even though he had refused to get the shot while playing for the last-place Kansas City Royals. He'll have to make that...

COVID-19 vaccinations add new twist to MLB trade deadline

Jul. 31, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — This is always a stressful time of year for Major League Baseball's 30 general managers, who are evaluating talent, juggling financial implications and trying to figure out ways to make their teams better as Tuesday's trade deadline approaches. Now there's another...

Blue Jays fire Montoyo, promote Schneider for rest of season

Jul. 13, 2022 19:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday and promoted bench coach John Schneider to interim manager for the remainder of the season. General manager Ross Atkins made the move even with the Blue Jays at 46-42 this season. They held the AL's...

Jays coach Budzinski leaves team following daughter's death

Jul. 03, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Mark Budzinski will be away from the team following the death of his eldest daughter. Julia Budzinski was 17. “The Budzinskis have been part of our Blue Jays family over the last four seasons,” general manager Ross Atkins said...