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Toronto Blue Jays Roster Report 2009-01-29


Toronto Blue Jays Roster Report 2009-01-29
The Blue Jays have, with the exception of RHP A.J. Burnett, all of their key players under contract for next season. Despite the fourth-place finish, there will be no wholesale changes. There will be some minor changes in their bullpen with the likely release of arbitration-eligible pitchers such as LHP Brian Tallet and LHP Jason Frasor. They will be looking to add a catcher.

ARRIVALS: LHP Mike Maroth (minor league free agent from Cardinals), RHP Matt Clement (minor league free agent from Cardinals), C Michael Barrett (minor league free agent from Padres), C Raul Chavez (minor league free agent from Pirates).

DEPARTURES: OF Kevin Mench (free agent, signed with Japanese team), RHP A.J. Burnett (free agent, signed with Yankees), C Gregg Zaun (free agent, signed with Orioles).

FREE AGENTS: OF Brad Wilkerson, LHP John Parrish.

The Jays have no interest in bringing back Wilkerson. Parrish could be offered a minor league deal.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: LHP Brian Tallet, RHP Shawn Camp.

The two relievers exchanged figures with the club on Jan. 20.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Shaun Marcum (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) will miss the 2009 season.

2B Aaron Hill (post-concussion syndrome) expects to be ready for Opening Day.

RHP Casey Janssen (right shoulder surgery in March 2008) is on a throwing program and is expected to be ready by spring training.

RHP Dustin McGowan (right shoulder surgery in July 2008) will report to spring training, and the hope is he'll be ready by mid-May.

RHP Jeremy Accardo (right forearm strain) is expected to be ready by spring training.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 29, 2009

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