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Yankees Claim Ryota Igarashi

The Yankees have claimed right-hander Ryota Igarashi from the Blue Jays.

Toronto designated Igarashi for assignment on Sunday after he appeared in two games earlier in the weekend.

Via MLB Trade Rumors


Guerrero Gets Step Closer To Blue Jays

Vladimir Guerrero was set to join the Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League on Sunday.

It will be the slugger's first league play since he signed with Toronto two weeks ago.

"He'll be in the lineup (Sunday). They have an off-day (Monday), so he'll be back (in extended spring training) for the day, then back with Dunedin," Jays manager John Farrell said.

If all goes well, Guerrero should join Double-A New Hampshire or even Triple-A Las Vegas by the end of the week, Farrell said.

Via Toronto Star


Jays Reject Japanese Offer For Jesse Chavez

The Blue Jays have rejected an offer from the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for pitcher Jesse Chavez, according to a report.

The Hawks offered Toronto $1 million and would have paid the right-hander $3 million over two years.

Chavez, 28, has pitched to a 3.72 ERA in 58 innings across ten Triple-A starts.

Via MLB Trade Rumors


Blue Jays Claim Former Executive Spilled Secrets

The Blue Jays have accused a former top executive of breaking a confidentiality agreement by discussing the team's financial and attendance records with the media after he was fired.

The claim was made against Patrick Elster, Toronto's former vice president of ticket sales in court documents, in a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court.

Elster is suing the Blue Jays for $135,000 for breaching the terms of his severance agreement. He worked for the team from December 2003 until June 9, 2008.

A day after his firing, he agreed to a severance agreement with the Blue Jays. The wording of the agreement promises to play a pivotal role in his legal claim.

It's unclear why the Blue Jays fired Elster.

Via Toronto Star


Blue Jays Option Crawford To Las Vegas

The Blue Jays have optioned left-hander Evan Crawford to Triple-A Las Vegas.

In eight games, Crawford has allowed six runs in seven-plus innings.

Via Associated Press


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