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Zaun To Be His Own Agent

Gregg Zaun is flying solo, no agent, representing himself, but giving the Jays the first opportunity.

"Right off the bat, I don't have to pay anybody," Zaun explained. "To me, I don't think the amount of time an agent puts in on a contract and the things that he does, warrants 5 per cent of somebody's salary, especially a young player. There are agents out there taking 5 per cent of (the $327,000 minimum), which is ridiculous."

Via The Star

Desire To Stay In Toronto Has Increased For Wells

Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells says his desire to stay with the club "has gotten stronger over the course of the season."

Wells said on Monday, when the Blue Jays finished their home schedule, that he hoped to remain a Blue Jay, even though he can become a free agent when his contract expires after the 2007 season.

Via The Star

Wells Wants To Stay In Toronto

Over the course of the summer, both Vernon Wells and the Blue Jays have played a game of being apathetic to extending the relationship beyond the 2007 season, but now Wells has made it clear that he wants to remain in Toronto.

"I hope to be here next year and for a long time to come," Wells said last night in a lengthy conversation. "I've had a great five years here and hopefully I'll have more. I've had a great time and I hope that translates into how I play on the field.

"Right now it's a matter of both sides are going to talk and see what they can come up with."

Paul Godfrey couldn't be more clear; he doesn't want Wells wearing any other uniform.

When asked on a scale of 1-to-10 the priority of settling Wells' contract status in the off-season, the Blue Jays president said: "It's a 10.

"We've got to get Vernon's name on a contact. Look, he's a gold glover, a clutch hitter, our No. 3 guy in the lineup, he has been here for five years and he has got great fan support, great management support, what more can you say?

"He has done everything we've asked him to do and done it in a quiet, efficient way. We've told him that we want him here and we would like to see him here."

Via Toronto Sun

Halliday's Season Over

Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay will miss the rest of the season because of a strained right forearm

Halladay said Friday that forearm has bothered him off and on all season. He missed a start in April because and left his last start against New York in the fourth inning. "I realized this was the best and smartest thing to do," said Halladay, who had just two scheduled starts left.

Via AP

Yankees' Magic Number At One

Bobby Abreu couldn't contain his smile. The Yankees can clinch the AL East with a victory on Wednesday.

Abreu it a tiebreaking homer in seventh inning, Johnny Damon made a great catch that saved three runs and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-3 Tuesday night to lower to one the magic number for their ninth straight AL East title.

"This is amazing," said Abreu, whose only postseason experience was three at-bats with Houston in 1997. "I haven't been in this situation in a long time, and I'm just excited about it. I'm going to enjoy it."

Via Yahoo.com

Blue Jays Sep 2006 Archive

  • Jays Expected To Lose $22 Million

    The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to lose at least $22 million this year, according to a top executive with the team's parent company.

  • Halladay Injured By Line Drive

    Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Angels in the first inning when Garret Anderson lined a single off his pitching elbow.

  • Jays Will Have Money To Spend

    "You never know what's going to happen in contract negotiations and my heart is not set on not playing here," said Vernon Wells on Tuesday.

  • Ortiz Now Likely To Sit Out The Weekend

    David Ortiz said Friday that he will follow the advice of doctors and will not play on Saturday against the Blue Jays.