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Ricciardi Knows His Job Is In Jeopardy

Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi has one year left on his contract.

Toronto was just 72-84 heading into Monday night's action and the team's attendance has been terrible as of late.

The club hasn't made the postseason since they won the World Series in 1993.

"I have a year left on my contract," Ricciardi told the Boston Herald, "and until that changes, I'm going to keep working. It's as simple as that. At the end of the year, we'll have to find out what direction ownership wants to go with payroll and see if we want to add or take away. I think we'll know more at the end of the year."

Via Boston Herald


Gaston: It Doesn't Make Sense To Bring Halladay Back

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston doesn't think pitcher Roy Halladay will be with the team in 2010.

"If we don't add anybody this winter, or go get somebody that can help, I doubt we keep him," Gaston told the Toronto Sun. "That's my opinion. I don't know that. Would it make any sense to keep him? Probably not."

The Jays fielded offers for Halladay prior to this July's trade deadline, but were unable to find a suitable package. The right-hander will be a free agent following the 2010 season.

Via Toronto Sun


Gillick Isn't Interested In Return To Toronto

Pat Gillick is not interested in returning to the Blue Jays, but won't rule out working with another club.

Gillick, 72, helped oversee World Series titles in Toronto and Philadelphia before stepping down as the Phillies general manager this year to work as an advisor.

His name had been linked in rumors involving the Jays.

"I think it's just natural that that rumor goes around, because of my connection [with the Blue Jays] and because I'm not fully employed," said Gillick. "There's no truth to it at all. I don't have any interest at this point."

Via ESPN


Toronto's Attendance Dips To 2003 Levels

Over 81 home dates, the Blue Jays had an average attendance of 23,162. This was their lowest mark since 2003.

According to official figures, Toronto?s attendance increased every year from 2003 through 2008, when it was listed at 29,626. But interim president Paul Beeston has acknowledged that the numbers in recent years were inflated through vague and creative accounting practices, a practice Beeston stopped when he took over last winter.

The Jays? average attendance ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball.

Via National Post


Report: Gillick Could Return To Jays

USA Today's Bob Nightengale has heard whispers that Pat Gillick could return to the Blue Jays.

"The hottest rumor among baseball scouts is that Pat Gillick will be returning to Toronto to become president of the club, but not GM," Nightengale wrote on his Twitter page.

Gillick guided Toronto to a pair of World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 as general manager. He was also a part of Philadelphia's World Series victory last fall.

Via Twitter (Bob Nightengale)


Blue Jays Sep 2009 Archive