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Top Daulton Varsho News

  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Focused on correcting swing

    Varsho felt he sold out for power in 2023 and got away from the swing that had given him success prior to being traded to the Blue Jays, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports. "(That) got me just underneath the ball," Varsho said Saturday, "missing a lot of pitches that I should be hammering and getting in bad counts when you're fouling off the ball you should be hitting."

    The 27-year-old still supplied the Jays with excellent defense in left and center field, but his .674 OPS was a disappointment after Varsho had posted a .748 OPS with the Diamondbacks in 2021-22. "It's not about how high you hit it, it's about how hard you hit it and how low on a line," he said. "That was my approach going into this offseason... being able to get that feel back of staying above the baseball." Given his age and pedigree, it's possible Varsho hasn't reached his ceiling yet at the plate, but the Jays -- and those with fantasy shares in him -- would be content to see him simply regain his prior form.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Gets $5.7 million for 2024

    Varsho signed a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Varsho had a disappointing first season in Toronto, as he managed only a .674 OPS across 580 plate appearances. He still totaled 20 home runs, 61 RBI, 16 stolen bases and was excellent with the glove, the latter of which should keep him safely in the lineup on most days.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Homers, drives in three

    Varsho went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored in Saturday's 7-5 loss to the Rays.

    Varsho launched a leadoff homer in his first at-bat to give the Blue Jays their first run of the game and later added a two-run single to put Toronto on top 3-2. The left fielder has now homered in two of his last three games and four of his last 10, tallying eight RBI over that latter stretch. He's also recorded two hits in three of his last seven games.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Takes seat Wednesday

    Varsho is not in the lineup Wednesday versus the Yankees.

    Whit Merrifield, Kevin Kiermaier and George Springer will start across the outfield. Varsho has put up 18 homers and 16 steals in 154 games this season with Toronto, but he holds an underwhelming .220/.285/.382 overall batting line.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: On bench Thursday

    Varsho is not in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

    Varsho will grab a bit of rest after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout Wednesday in New York. Whit Merrifield, Kevin Kiermaier and George Springer are starting across the outfield for the Blue Jays in Thursday's series finale.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Swats 17th homer

    Varsho went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

    His fifth-inning shot off Nick Pivetta snapped a 23-game homer drought for Varsho, who slashed a feeble .185/.274/.262 over that stretch with zero steals, five RBI and seven runs. It's been a tough first season in Toronto for the 27-year-old, but despite a .663 OPS that's well below the level he's established in Arizona, he's still produced his second straight 15-15 campaign with 17 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 148 games.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Not starting Thursday

    Varsho isn't in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against Texas, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.

    Varsho will get a breather Thursday after going 0-for-7 across his last three games. Whit Merrifield will start in left field and bat seventh while Varsho rests.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Sitting against lefty

    Varsho is absent from the lineup Sunday against the Royals.

    Varsho contributed a double and a run scored to the Blue Jays' 5-1 win over Kansas City on Saturday, but he'll take a seat in Sunday's series finale as left-hander Cole Ragans toes the slab. Whit Merrifield is in left field, Kevin Kiermaier is in center field and George Springer is in right.

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  • Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Sitting against southpaw

    Varsho isn't in the Blue Jays' lineup Tuesday against Oakland.

    Left-hander Ken Waldichuk will start on the mound for Oakland on Tuesday, meaning the lefty-hitting Varsho will remain in Toronto's dugout to begin the game. Whit Merrifield will start in left field in Varsho's place, moving Davis Schneider to second base and Santiago Espinal in at third base.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 207 lbs
Birthplace: Marshfield, WI
Age: 27
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, R