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1998 Toronto Blue Jays

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1997 / 1999

88-74, Finished 3rd in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Tim Johnson (88-74)
GM: Gord Ash, Scouting Dir: Tim Wilken
Scored 816 runs, Allowed 768 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 85-77

Ballparks: SkyDome · Attendance: 2,454,303 (8th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 99, Pitching - 99 · one-year: Batting - 99, Pitching - 98

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1997 / 1999 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 6, 1997

Luis Andujar granted Free Agency.

Jacob Brumfield granted Free Agency.

October 15, 1997

Huck Flener granted Free Agency.

Ryan Thompson granted Free Agency.

October 17, 1997

Rickey Cradle granted Free Agency.

October 27, 1997

Orlando Merced granted Free Agency.

Charlie O'Brien granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1997

Joe Carter granted Free Agency.

Mariano Duncan granted Free Agency.

Juan Samuel granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1997

Selected Dane Johnson off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

November 11, 1997

Signed Luis Andujar as a free agent.

November 18, 1997

Rich Butler selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the 10th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

Omar Daal selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 31st pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

Marty Janzen selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 69th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

November 25, 1997

Signed Shannon Withem as a free agent.

November 26, 1997

Signed Darrin Fletcher as a free agent.

Signed Randy Myers as a free agent.

November 27, 1997

Signed Craig Grebeck as a free agent.

Signed Pat Kelly as a free agent.

December 6, 1997

Signed Juan Samuel as a free agent.

December 8, 1997

Signed Mark Dalesandro as a free agent.

Signed Tony Fernandez as a free agent.

Signed Mike Stanley as a free agent.

December 10, 1997

Signed Alex Delgado as a free agent.

December 11, 1997

Signed Jose Herrera as a free agent.

Traded Sandy Martinez to the Chicago Cubs. Received a player to be named later. The Chicago Cubs sent Trevor Schaffer (minors) (December 19, 1997) to the Toronto Blue Jays to complete the trade.

December 15, 1997

Joe Davenport drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1997 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Luis Saturria from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1997 rule 5 draft.

December 21, 1997

Carlos Garcia granted Free Agency.

January 5, 1998

Signed Jacob Brumfield as a free agent.

January 20, 1998

Signed Phil Plantier as a free agent.

February 4, 1998

Signed Jose Canseco as a free agent.

March 14, 1998

Traded Tim Crabtree to the Texas Rangers. Received Kevin Brown.

March 20, 1998

Returned Luis Saturria (earlier draft pick) to the St. Louis Cardinals.

March 24, 1998

Released Jacob Brumfield.

March 25, 1998

Signed Pat Lennon as a free agent.

March 30, 1998

Robert Perez selected by the Seattle Mariners off waivers.

April 1, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Dave Stieb as a free agent.

May 21, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Scott Cassidy as an amateur free agent.

May 29, 1998 (Standings)

Selected Ben VanRyn off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

June 2, 1998 (Standings)

Drafted Felipe Lopez in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed August 11, 1998.

Drafted Jay Gibbons in the 14th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1998.

Drafted Bob File in the 19th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 1998.

Drafted Frank Gracesqui in the 21st round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1998.

June 16, 1998 (Standings)

Released Erik Hanson.

July 1, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Tony Phillips as a free agent.

July 3, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Gustavo Chacin as an amateur free agent.

July 10, 1998 (Standings)

Released Luis Andujar.

July 16, 1998 (Standings)

Sold Pat Kelly to the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 30, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Mike Stanley to the Boston Red Sox. Received Jay Yennaco (minors) and Peter Munro.

July 31, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Juan Guzman to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Shannon Carter (minors) and Nerio Rodriguez.

Traded Ed Sprague to the Oakland Athletics. Received Scott Rivette (minors).

Traded Tony Phillips to the New York Mets. Received Leo Estrella.

August 6, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Randy Myers to the San Diego Padres. Received Brian Loyd (minors).

September 23, 1998 (Standings)

Julio Mosquera selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays off waivers.

September 25, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Guillermo Quiroz as an amateur free agent.

October 15, 1998 (Standings)

Ben VanRyn granted Free Agency.

October 16, 1998

Alex Delgado granted Free Agency.

Jose Herrera granted Free Agency.

October 22, 1998

Jose Canseco granted Free Agency.

October 23, 1998

Craig Grebeck granted Free Agency.

Benito Santiago granted Free Agency.

October 26, 1998

Dave Stieb granted Free Agency.

October 27, 1998

Signed Craig Grebeck as a free agent.

November 5, 1998

Juan Samuel granted Free Agency.

November 18, 1998

Signed Alex Delgado as a free agent.

Released Shannon Withem.

December 7, 1998

Signed Dave Stieb as a free agent.

December 12, 1998

Traded Pete Tucci (minors), Carlos Almanzar and Woody Williams to the San Diego Padres. Received Joey Hamilton.

December 14, 1998

Signed Geronimo Berroa as a free agent.

Traded Beiker Graterol to the Detroit Tigers. Received Eric Ludwick.

December 16, 1998

Signed Walt McKeel as a free agent.

December 23, 1998

Signed Rob Butler as a free agent.

Signed Mike Matheny as a free agent.

January 6, 1999

Signed Wayne Kirby as a free agent.

January 11, 1999

Signed Francisco Rosario as an amateur free agent.

January 18, 1999

Signed Joey Cora as a free agent.

January 19, 1999

Signed Willie Greene as a free agent.

Signed Vicente Palacios as a free agent.

February 9, 1999

Released Pat Lennon.

February 18, 1999

Traded Roger Clemens to the New York Yankees. Received Homer Bush, Graeme Lloyd and David Wells.

February 28, 1999

Signed Pat Lennon as a free agent.

March 14, 1999

Signed Norberto Martin as a free agent.

March 17, 1999

Released Felipe Crespo.

March 21, 1999

Released Vicente Palacios.

March 30, 1999

Traded Tomas Perez to the Anaheim Angels. Received Dave Hollins and cash.

April 1, 1999

Signed Doug Bochtler as a free agent.

Released Walt McKeel.

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