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Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-01-29

Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-01-29
--INF Brandon Fahey and OF Jason Lane signed minor league deals with the Blue Jays and were invited to the team's big-league spring camp. Lane's most recent major league action was in 2007, with Houston and San Diego, while Fahey hit .226 in 58 games for Baltimore last year.

--Paul Beeston, the Blue Jays' interim president and chief executive officer, said earlier he would like to announce his replacement before the beginning of spring training on Feb. 15. Now he concedes his task might take a little longer. "The search is going. It's not moving as fast as I would like it, or as fast as probably the other people would like it," he said. "I've talked to some people, and hopefully it will come to a conclusion -- I won't say shortly -- but not in the distant future."

--Six of the Blue Jays' major league players are expected to take part in this spring's World Baseball Classic. RHP Scott Richmond will be a likely starter for Canada, and LHP B.J. Ryan and CF Vernon Wells will play for the United States. RF Alex Rios will play for Puerto Rico, C Rod Barajas for Mexico and SS Marco Scutaro for Venezuela.

--Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi admits there is more to life than baseball. His contract with the Blue Jays runs out following the 2010 season, and it doesn't sound as if he's concerned about signing an extension. "I'll be honest with you, my two boys are growing up and it's tough when you leave the house," he said. "They're at a point where they need their father around a lot, too. My No. 1 priority is to be a father, it's not to be a GM. I love being a GM and I love being here in Toronto, but in two years time I'll sit back and rethink where that goes and where that takes me."

--The Blue Jays have signed four of the six players who filed for salary arbitration -- RHP Brandon League, INF/OF Jose Bautista, RHP Jason Frasor and RHP Jeremy Accardo. Bautista, who combined for 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 128 games for Pittsburgh and Toronto last year, will earn $2.4 million. Frasor, who was 1-2 record with a 4.18 ERA in 49 relief appearances last year, will earn $1.45 million. Accardo, who was limited to 16 relief appearances because of a forearm injury, agreed to a $900,000 deal with incentives. League, who was 1-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 31 appearances, will earn $640,000.

--The Blue Jays have exchanged salary figures with RHP Shawn Camp and LHP Brian Tallet, the two remaining players who filed for salary arbitration.

Tallet, who made $640,000 last year, is seeking $1.3 million while the team is offering $950,000. Camp, who made $405,000 in 2008, is looking for $950,000 while the Jays offered $700,000.

BY THE NUMBERS: 32-22 -- Blue Jays' record in 2008 in the 54 games that John McDonald started at shortstop.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I have a feeling that we are heading in the right direction. If we're not going to be at $120 million, we might as well be at $85 million." -- Paul Beeston, president and chief executive officer, on why the Blue Jays' payroll is moving downward from $100 million in 2008 to around $85 million in 2009.

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