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    2012 Off-Season Baseball Thread

    The 2011 Season is over and the St. Louis Cardinals made an amazing finish to clinch the NL Wild Card playoff spot on the last day of the season and went all the way to win the World Series, denying the Texas Rangers their first World Series Championship, which were 1 strike or 1 out away twice.

    What a season. Anyhow, this thread is dedicated to the off-season trades, free agent signings, Spring training, etc. up until just before the first pitch of the 2012 Regular Season in end of March.

    Like always, reminder of the rules of this thread:

    Like Mod 8 says, you can insult a particular team, but not the poster. Keep your comments focused on the players and teams. You can disagree with another member about their opinion, but keep it to that.

    This thread will be closed on Opening Day in March 2012.

    There should be some interesting off-season trades and free agent signings. Some new Rookies will be brought up.

    Feel free to talk about your favorite teams and other teams. The major leagues have 30 teams. Theoretically, any team can win the World Series. All players in the Major Leagues are professional ball players and would not be in the major leagues if they were not good.

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    As the baseball season is now over, I will allow this thread to remain open as long as all discussion remains 100% on-topic with no discussion of the past season or attacks on any team, or fans of any team, in particular. I expect this thread to remain insult free. The first post that violates that rule will result in the immediate and permanent closure of this thread as well as a suspension, length to be determined, of the poster.

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    Yanks pick up options on 2 players

    By Andrew Marchand
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    NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees have picked up the option of Nick Swisher, which means, barring a trade, he will be the team's right fielder for at least one more season.

    Swisher, who turns 31 in November, will make $10.25 million next season and then will be eligible to become a free agent. With the Yankees set in the infield, with Russell Martin expected to return behind the plate and with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner in the two other outfield spots, the every day position spot the Yankees could possibly change seems like right field.

    At this point, Swisher will remain the man, but the Yankees could look to trade him and then try to find another right fielder. Last season, Swisher continued his struggles in the playoffs, while his regular season numbers of a .260 batting average, 23 homers, 85 RBIs and .374 on-base percentage were above average for major league outfielders.

    The Yankees are expected to have a new DH next season. Jorge Posada is likely not to be back, leaving Jesus Montero to pick up at-bats in that spot.

    The Yankees also picked up second baseman Robinson Cano's option for next season. This was a formality as Cano is considered the team's best offensive player. Cano, who just turned 29, will make $14 million this year and $15 million next year. He can become a free agent after the 2013 season.

    A three-time All-Star, Cano signed a four-year, $30 million contract before the 2008 season that includes a pair of club options. The 29-year-old slugger hit .302 with 28 homers and a career-high 118 RBIs this year.

    This weekend, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was scheduled to meet with the agent for CC Sabathia, Brian Peters. If the two sides can't come to a new agreement by midnight Monday, then Sabathia is expected to become a free agent.

    In Sabathia's seven-year, $161 million contract, the Yankees included an opt-out clause following the third season. If Sabathia opts out, he will leave behind four years and $92 million on his contract. Sabathia wants to return to the Bronx, but the two sides were trying to formulate a new deal that both sides found fair.
    Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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    Thanks for the thread DD, it should be a very interesting off season. As far as the Yanks are concerned, they will re sign CC Sabathia without a doubt, as he has stated many times he loves playing in NYC and for the best orginization in the game. Will it cost the Yanks, also Yes, without a doubt, but $ well spent. Swish is back, thats good news and Cano of course. With a strong season by the Cap'n, Derek Jeter, i see no needs at SS for at least another season. One top starting pitcher should be on the shopping list for Brain, I mean BRIAN Cashman and this team is ready to get back to the World Series. We may have that pitcher in the minors, maybe not, but i expect Cash to go after someone, lets just hope he doesnt do it via trade and part with the young guns down on the farm. GO YANKEES! Pride, Guts, and Determination lives on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Special K View Post
    He could have opted out of the remaining four years and $92MM of his original seven-year, $161MM contract with New York by midnight tonight. Instead, he gets a deal that guarantees him $122MM and could be worth as much as $142MM. Sabathia will earn $24.4MM per season over the course of the five guaranteed seasons -- slightly more than his former teammate, Cliff Lee, obtained last offseason and more than any other pitcher has obtained on a multiyear deal. Sabathia's original contract is still the largest guaranteed total for any pitcher in history.

    The sides agreed to add a $25MM salary for 2016 and a vesting option worth the same amount for 2017 ($5MM buyout), according to ESPN's Buster Olney (via Twitter) and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The option automatically vests unless Sabathia finishes the 2016 season on the DL with a left shoulder injury, spends 45 days on the DL with a left shoulder injury, or makes at least six relief appearances in 2016 due to shoulder problems, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (all Twitter links).


    No surprise to see the Yankees cave in to the specter of Sabathia opting out. They probably would not risk losing him, but there was some risk of that, as well as other teams pumping up the price an average $2-3 million per year than what he will now be paid. As expected, the reported average cost of $24.4 million with an extra year or two was about the minimum increase projected.

    The Yankees had no choice since only Nova could be considered any kind of reasonably solid starter. But though Sabathia is very very good he isn't the kind of lock down starter like a Halladay or Verlander. The Yankees are risking a lot betting he will maintain his value for another 5-6 years, and that at a price that is already grossly inflated no matter what his record. Since this is probably his final big contract everyone should wonder if he will continue to be as motivated or be able to control his size and fitness for that long...and that's if he doesn't lose his "stuff".

    As everyone knew, the Yankees alleged new stated fiscal conservatism stood no chance of holding in this case.

    Quote Originally Posted by chercherfemmes View Post
    That's a good incentive to stay healthy although less incentive if one hasn't already gotten paid $150 million...
    If those elements stay within his control with his body type through an extra 6 years. In just two years he'll be over $200 million and he may one day sit back and ask...how much do I really need and is it worthwhile to work hard to stay in top form...if anyone could call it that now.

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    Well said Chercher.... I think many were expecting CC to hold the Yanks out for A LOT more money/years and i am totally fine with the extension he got. CC is definately a #1 on most teams in MLB and he should be good for 3-4 more great years and very good for a cpl more after that. CC, Nova, and Hughes (who was pitching a lot better down the stretch and should have very good arm strength by april) are a strong starting 3. Good stuff



    Quote Originally Posted by chercherfemmes View Post
    How'd that 'lock-down' stuff work for Halladay and Verlander this season? I didn't notice either of them drinking champagne on Friday night or in 2010 for that matter.


    Here is Fangraphs top 10 pitching leaders by fWAR for 2010 and 2011 combined:
    14.7 Halladay
    13.9 Lee
    13.4 Verlander
    12.4 Sabathia
    11.7 Hernandez
    11.5 Kershaw
    11.5 Weaver
    10.8 Haran
    10.5 Wilson
    9.9 Jiminez

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    Quote Originally Posted by chercherfemmes View Post
    How'd that 'lock-down' stuff work for Halladay and Verlander this season? I didn't notice either of them drinking champagne on Friday night or in 2010 for that matter.

    The truth is that good starters and great hitting can win championships too. CC is one of the best starters in all of baseball, just behind the Halladay's, Lee's and Verlander's of the world.

    Here is Fangraphs top 10 pitching leaders by fWAR for 2010 and 2011 combined:
    14.7 Halladay
    13.9 Lee
    13.4 Verlander
    12.4 Sabathia

    If you want to look at a longer period, say 3 years (2009-11), here are the top 20 in fWAR:

    22.2 Halladay
    21.7 Verlander
    20.5 Lee
    18.8 Sabathia
    Great to see you and the stats agree with me.

    "Lock-down" only denotes a level of reliability and efficiency...NOT a guarantee. In fact, Sabathia gave up 6 runs in 8.2 innings for a 6.23 ERA, Verlander went 2-1 with an ERA just around 5.30 ERA in 20.1 innings, Halladay was 1-1 in 16 innings for a 2.25 ERA.

    Certainly, Halladay's ERA shows he did his job despite the rest of the team.

    Game 1 of the ALDS was suspended, so the match was inconclusive. Verlander may have had a high ERA but he beat Sabathia and the Yankees in game 3 and his team moved on. Had Sabathia done his job better the Yankees would have advanced. Case closed for 2011.

    Quote Originally Posted by chercherfemmes View Post
    A reminder from Fangraphs for those who think all Japanese pitchers are the same.

    Darvish is bigger, throws harder, strikes out more batters and has had more success than other Japanese pitchers who have come to MLB. He's not a soft tossing lefty like Igawa, and he's not a charter member of the Popeyes & Bud club like Dice-K.

    I expect that Darvish will command a larger posting fee and a bigger contract than Dice K. Rumors are that the Yankees will bid for him, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Red Sox do as well to shore up their thin rotation. However I think that the largest bids could come from places like Toronto and Texas.
    False. Dice-K was never involved in the eating and drinking abuses element. He always acted according to his own habits and beliefs, as evidenced by his resistance and ultimate refusal to follow the advice of American pitching coaches, such as sticking to his agonizing nibbling at the corners ways and independent actions in contrast to his obligations to the Red Sox .

    Don't Overpay For Darvish


    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...y-for-darvish/

    Earlier this afternoon, Patrick Newman presented you with some Yu Darvish Facts, while Eno Sarris broke down the differences between Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka. I’m finishing off Yu Darvish Day here at FanGraphs, but I’m actually not going to write all that much about Darvish specifically.

    Instead, I want to talk about Darvish’s price. Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of speculation about what kind of money it might take to obtain his services. Last week, Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com polled five agents and a team executive on their expectations of Darvish’s cost, and they came in with an average of a $45 million posting fee followed by a “five or six year contract in the $72-$75 million range.”

    I’m not here to say that those sources are incorrect, but I will say this – any team willing to pay that much money to acquire Yu Darvish is kind of crazy.

    Using the lowest projected figures from that poll ($30 million posting fee, $72 million for a six year contract), the most conservative estimate puts the total price to acquire Darvish at $102 million, or $17 million per season. If you take the average instead, that pushes the total up to $120 million, or right around $20 million per season. Essentially, that price not only treats him as a player with the track record of a Major League front-line starter, but one who has the leverage of a free agent. In reality, he doesn’t have either of those things.


    Remember, the prospectus on Dice-K was also full of the same basic glorious revelations of his talent, yet not based on even one inning of MLB experience. Going straight to paying a totally inexperienced player $20 million a year to pitch in a foreign environment under different conditions is nuts...as already proven.

    If Darvish carries with him an open attitude of willingness to adapt and take instruction for American style baseball to compliment his talent that could be decisive. Otherwise........

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    Quote Originally Posted by chercherfemmes View Post
    Signing a Darvish or even a Wilson would only add about $15 million to the payroll. If it comes down to these two, I would prefer Darvish due to Wilson's lack of command which I don't think would play well in the AL East.
    I instinctively at first blush agree with you, because I do not like CJ Wilson and feel he is a #3 starter, but I am also reminded of the old saying, "the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know." Wilson is a #3 starter, and we don't know what Darvish is, but he appears to be bigger and stronger and throws harder than some other Japanese imports, plus he is also younger than Wilson. I figure there are around 4-6 teams interested in Darvish that will likely throw around the kind of money that is being discussed, the Red Sox and Yankees among them. Whether he deserves such money is something we will not know for quite some time. I recall the hysteria that accompanied Dice K Matsuzaka's arrival including a Sports Illustrated cover and claims that he could throw about 10 different pitches including a "gyro ball", or something like that, and claims that his workout regimen was the envy of baseball. We are seeing the beginnings of similar type hysteria with Darvish. He is an accomplished pitcher in Japan but so was Dice K. All of these guys are huge risks at the kind of money we are talking about.

    Another guy who was tremendously hyped was Aroldis Chapman who the Reds took a chance on and he is a relief pitcher for them, not exactly what they had bargained for so far.

    There are guys like Mark Buehrle available who will be had much more cheaply and may end up producing more, we just do not know. With Buehrle you will get 13 wins and 200 innings, that you know. I think the Yankees should possibly sign Buehrle cheaply and take a chance on Darvish, although it could end up being a Dice K type disaster. The bottom line is a lot of teams need pitching and they are willing to take the risk.
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    1. Brackman is no longer in the system.

    2. Darvish still follows a Japanese training regimen and is used to pitching once a week. No Japanese starter has ever enjoyed sustained success in MLB.
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    3 Dodgers, 3 Red Sox earn Gold Glove honors

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-400_162-...-glove-honors/

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    NEW YORK - Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier became the first trio of Los Angeles Dodgers to win NL Gold Gloves in the same year, and Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury became the first three Red Sox in 32 seasons to win the AL honor together.

    Kershaw became a first-time winner at pitcher when the awards were announced Tuesday. Ethier earned his first Gold Glove in the outfield and Kemp regained the NL award he also earned in 2009.

    Gonzalez earned his first AL Gold Glove to go along with two he won in the NL while with San Diego, Pedroia won at second base for the first time since 2008 and Ellsbury picked up his first Gold Glove.

    "I try to be a complete player. You can always go into offense slumps," Gonzalez said during the awards show on ESPN2.

    The previous three Red Sox to win in the same year were shortstop Rick Burleson along with outfielders Dwight Evans and Fred Lynn in 1979.

    Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle was the lone AL holdover, winning for the third straight year. Baltimore's Matt Wieters won at catcher, the Angels' Erick Aybar at shortstop, Texas' Adrian Beltre at third, and Kansas City's Alex Gordon and Baltimore's Nick Markakis in the outfield.

    Beltre won for the third time, after gaining the award in 2007 and 2008.

    The St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina became the first NL catcher to win in four straight years since Charles Johnson from 1995-98.

    Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips also won along with Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco and Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra. Phillips and Tulowitzki joined Molina as the NL holdovers, with Phillips winning for the third time in four years.

    "It just shows my hard work really played off," Phillips said on the show.

    Polanco also won AL Gold Gloves in 2007 and 2009.

    This year's AL group displaced Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer; Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Robinson Cano and shortstop Derek Jeter; Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria; former Rays outfielder Carl Crawford; and Seattle outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez.

    Suzuki's streak of Gold Gloves ended at 10. The right fielder, who had won in every one of his big league seasons, had tied the AL record for Gold Gloves by an outfielder shared by Ken Griffey Jr. and Al Kaline.

    Last year's NL winners included Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, Reds third baseman Scott Rolen and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez and Philadelphia's Shane Victorino joined in the outfield by Michael Bourn, then of Houston.

    Rawlings announced the winners Tuesday. Managers and coaches vote for players in their leagues and can't pick players on their own teams.

    Breaking with the recent format, outfielders were picked for specific spots. The AL had Gordon in left, Ellsbury in center and Markakis in right, and the NL had Parra in left, Kemp in center and Ethier in right.

    Beltre and Gonzalez each earned $100,000 bonuses, while Aybar and Markakis get $75,000 apiece. Molina, Pedroia, Polanco and Votto each receive $50,000, and Tulowitzki and Buehrle both get $25,000.

    Phillips gets an automatic $250,000 raise next season to $12.25 million under the option the Reds exercised Monday.


    What...no automatic legacy gold glove award to Jeter...AGAIN!

    Congratulations to Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Adrian Gonzalez.

    I'll beat you good boys to the punch and note how strange it is the two years this happened were both tough disappointments.

    Cheers,

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    Blue Jays' Tony LeCava turns down Orioles' GM job

    The Orioles' search for a general manager will continue after Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava declined an offer to take over the Orioles.

    “I'm working in a great place, a job that I love. It’s just as simple as that," LaCava told the Baltimore Sun by way of explanation."I really, really treasure my relationship with [Toronto] general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, and I really want to see this through with him."

    This is a surprise, as Toronto was readying for LaCava's departure. The 50-year-old was meeting Orioles owner Peter Angelos for the first time on Monday, likely discussing the terms of his employment, the Baltimore Sun wrote. The Orioles were not doing a second round of interviews, so the fact LaCava was back in town and meeting with Angelos spoke volumes. He must not have liked what he heard.

    Baltimore's GM job is not exactly seen as a plum job in baseball. The O's play in a very difficult division and arguably are the worst team in the division as far as resources are concerned, whether financial, organizationally, or major- and minor-league talent. In addition, Angelos is a meddling owner who still hasn't learned that the O's have struggled since the mid-1990s because of his over-involvement.

    LaCava, for his part, tried to deflect that aspect of turning down the job by telling the Sun, “This was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Orioles. ... They were classy in everything they did."

    But this is a man that has waited about a decade for a GM job. There are only 30 GM jobs in the league and the fact LaCava turned down what would be his first GM job speaks volumes.

    The O's have only interviewed three other candidates. One was Jerry DiPoto, who was hired as the Angels GM last week. The other two are Baltimore director of player development John Stockstill and Dodgers assistant GM De Jon Watson. The Orioles may re-open the field to interview candidates, especially now that the World Series is over. Stockstill isn't a well-known name and while Watson's name has surfaced in recent seasons as a potential GM candidate, he hasn't been a popular name. LaCava, of the three remaining candidates, was the clear top dog. MASN says Baltimore could interview Rangers' senior director of player personnel, A.J. Preller. Hometown candidate Thad Levine, who is Texas' assistant GM, could also receive consideration.

    Unfortunately, it appears things are only backsliding in Baltimore. Ex-GM Andy MacPhail was able to wrest more control from Angelos than any other GM had, and for a while there, it looked like it was paying off. However, the last two years saw the organization stall, if not regress, in its progress and MacPhail chose to leave the organization despite Angelos' attempts for him to stay. The way the process has gone to interview a new GM, it appears as if what power MacPhail had was a one-time thing only and Baltimore is back to looking for someone to do Angelos' bidding.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/e...97882/33074876

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    Hazel Mae returns to Sportsnet



    TORONTO -- A familiar face is coming home to Sportsnet with the return of sportscaster Hazel Mae, who will anchor the 6 p.m. ET weeknight edition of Sportsnet Connected on Sportsnet East, Ontario and West, beginning Monday, Nov. 14.

    The announcement was made earlier this evening on the early edition of Sportsnet Connected.

    “Hazel is a tremendous addition to our news team,” said Scott Woodgate, Vice-President of News and Information Programming, Sportsnet. “She’s a talented storyteller and outstanding live broadcaster whose sports knowledge will drive our content on Connected.”

    In addition to her role on Sportsnet television, Mae will work across all Sportsnet platforms, including as a guest host on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 960 The FAN, a regular contributor on Sportsnet magazine and sportsnet.ca.

    Mae, a Toronto native, made her broadcasting debut in 2001 at Sportsnet, where she anchored the morning edition of Sportsnetnews for three years, while simultaneously hosting the weekly Toronto Blue Jays magazine show JZone. Since then, Mae has taken her talents south of the border, helping launch MLB Network in 2009. She was part of the ensemble on the Emmy Award-winning signature studio show MLB Tonight, host of the fast-paced highlight program Quick Pitch, and most recently hosted the two-hour preview show The Rundown. Prior to joining MLB Network, Mae worked at the New England Sports Network (NESN), home of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, as lead anchor of the nightly news show Sportsdesk and host of the week-in-review program, The Ultimate Red Sox Show, and the Bruins’ magazine show The Buzz.

    “I have truly come full circle by returning to the network that launched my broadcasting career,” said Mae. “My career got off to a great start at Sportsnet and I’m excited to be coming back home. It’s an exciting time at Sportsnet with the recent re-brand and their accessible content on multiple platforms.”

    Mae ranks amongst the latest of the industry’s biggest personalities to sign with the Sportsnet brand on multiple platforms, including: Sportsnet magazine columnist and Sportsnet Connected contributor Stephen Brunt, Hockeycentral's Jeff Marek, Hockeycentral Insider Scott Morrison, Hockeycentral features reporter Christine Simpson, Prime Time Sports co-host and Sportsnet Connected contributor Damien Cox, MLB analyst Gregg Zaun, Prime Time Sports co-host and sportsnet.ca columnist Michael Grange, and sportsnet.ca Baseball Insider Shi Davidi.

    A quick Q&A with Hazel about where she has been and, of course, what she thinks about the Red Sox collapse:

    SN: Now that you are returning, what have you missed most about Sportsnet?

    HM: What I miss most about Sportsnet besides the talented people I worked with earlier in my career, was the comprehensive coverage the network gave to its regional teams.

    SN: While hockey is pretty popular in some pockets of the United States, are you looking forward to being back in a coast-to-coast hockey crazy country?

    HM: Yes! It was a little more challenging to follow hockey, particularly any of the Canadian teams, on a regular basis.

    SN: Working in the sports media industry, do you fill up on sports while you’re away from work or are you more likely to do something else and get away from it all?

    HM: I try and fill up on sports while I'm away, not because I've been fortunate enough to be in this industry, but because its something I would do any way. I'm a fan just like anyone else who picks up the paper, goes online or tunes in for game highlights. I enjoy it!

    SN: During your time away from Sportsnet, you were lucky enough to cover two World Series titles for the Boston Red Sox. Are you surprised with how things went downhill so quickly in September and that Terry Francona and Theo Epstein won’t be back?

    HM: I think a lot of people who followed baseball were surprised at the meltdown of the Red Sox in the final month of the season.This team was built to not only get into the post season, but to win it all. Their pitching, which was suppose to be a strong suitfor the club in 2011, let them down, and their offence was inconsistent in the final weeks of the season.

    SN: Now that you’re back in Canada, how do you take your coffee at Tim Hortons?

    HM: I'm a tea drinker, but I am excited to be able to order an Iced Cap from Timmy's again!

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/2011/11...rns_sportsnet/

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    Blue Jays acquire pitcher Trystan Magnuson; sign former GM Chuck LeMar as special assistant to scouting

    The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations.

    The 26-year-old returns to the Blue Jays after spending the 2011 season with the Athletics organization where he split the season between Sacramento (AAA) and Oakland, posting an ERA of 6.14 in nine relief appearances.

    In 30 relief appearances with the River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, he posted a 4-2 record with five saves and a 2.98 ERA.

    The Vancouver native spent three seasons in Toronto’s minor league system from 2008-2010 before being traded to Oakland along with pitcher Danny Farquhar in exchange for outfielder Rajai Davis in November of 2010.

    The 6-foot-7 pitcher was originally selected by Toronto in the first round (56th overall) of the 2007 First Year Player Draft.

    The Blue Jays also announced Friday they have hired Chuck LaMar as a special assistant to amateur scouting.

    “With over 25 years of experience we welcome Chuck’s insight and expertise,” said Andrew Tinnish, the Blue Jays director of amateur scouting. “I look forward to the contributions he will make to our scouting team as we continue to prepare for the 2012 first year player draft.”

    LaMar joins the Blue Jays after most recently serving as the assistant general manager, player development and scouting, for the Philadelphia Phillies, a position he held for three seasons.

    He spent 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, 1995 though 2005, as the general manager.

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