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2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 2007 / 2009

86-76, Finished 4th in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: John Gibbons (35-39) and Cito Gaston (51-37)
GM: J.P. Ricciardi, Scouting Dir: Jon Lalonde
Scored 714 runs, Allowed 610 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 93-69

Ballparks: Rogers Centre · Attendance: 2,399,786 (6th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 97, Pitching - 97 · one-year: Batting - 99, Pitching - 98

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2007 / 2009 Trades and Transactions

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

October 1, 2007

Howie Clark granted Free Agency.

Matt Roney granted Free Agency.

October 10, 2007

Ryan Roberts granted Free Agency.

October 20, 2007

Signed Scott Richmond as an amateur free agent.

October 26, 2007

Selected Mike Gosling off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

Selected Pedro Lopez off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

October 29, 2007

Kevin Barker granted Free Agency.

Lee Gronkiewicz granted Free Agency.

John Hattig granted Free Agency.

Joe Kennedy granted Free Agency.

Pat Mahomes granted Free Agency.

Chad Mottola granted Free Agency.

Blaine Neal granted Free Agency.

Scott Sauerbeck granted Free Agency.

Matt Stairs granted Free Agency.

Mike Vento granted Free Agency.

Jamie Vermilyea granted Free Agency.

October 30, 2007

Sal Fasano granted Free Agency.

November 2, 2007

Signed Matt Stairs as a free agent.

November 13, 2007

Released John-Ford Griffin.

November 18, 2007

Traded Kristian Bell (minors) and Graham Godfrey to the Oakland Athletics. Received Marco Scutaro.

December 3, 2007

Ty Taubenheim selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers.

December 5, 2007

Traded Justin James to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Buck Coats.

December 6, 2007

Drafted Randy Wells from the Chicago Cubs in the 2007 rule 5 draft.

December 12, 2007

Josh Towers granted Free Agency.

December 13, 2007

Signed David Eckstein as a free agent.

December 14, 2007

Signed Sal Fasano as a free agent.

December 20, 2007

Signed Matt Watson as a free agent.

December 26, 2007

Signed Kane Davis as a free agent.

Signed Jamie Vermilyea as a free agent.

January 8, 2008

Signed Shawn Camp as a free agent.

January 14, 2008

Traded Troy Glaus to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Scott Rolen.

January 26, 2008

Signed Rod Barajas as a free agent.

January 31, 2008

Signed Mike Gallo as a free agent.

February 1, 2008

Ray Olmedo selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers.

February 15, 2008

Signed John Parrish as a free agent.

February 25, 2008

Signed Shannon Stewart as a free agent.

March 13, 2008

Signed Armando Benitez as a free agent.

March 17, 2008

Selected Bill Murphy off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

March 23, 2008

Released Reed Johnson.

March 25, 2008

Released Sal Fasano.

March 31, 2008

Signed Jorge Velandia as a free agent.

April 16, 2008 (Standings)

Returned Randy Wells (earlier draft pick) to the Chicago Cubs.

April 20, 2008 (Standings)

Released Frank Thomas.

April 23, 2008 (Standings)

Josh Banks selected by the San Diego Padres off waivers.

May 9, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Brad Wilkerson as a free agent.

Purchased Kevin Mench from the Texas Rangers.

May 16, 2008 (Standings)

Sergio Santos selected by the Minnesota Twins off waivers.

May 19, 2008 (Standings)

Jorge Velandia granted Free Agency.

May 28, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Danny Sandoval as a free agent.

May 29, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Danny Kolb as a free agent.

June 5, 2008 (Standings)

Purchased Kevin Melillo from the Oakland Athletics.

Released Mike Gallo.

Drafted David Cooper in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 2008.

Drafted Tyler Pastornicky in the 5th round of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed June 9, 2008.

Drafted Eric Thames in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 2008.

Drafted Evan Crawford in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 2008.

Drafted Danny Farquhar in the 10th round of the 2008 amateur draft. Player signed June 30, 2008.

Drafted Dallas Beeler in the 37th round of the 2008 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 11, 2008 (Standings)

Released Armando Benitez.

June 19, 2008 (Standings)

Received Jonah Bayliss from the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a conditional deal.

June 25, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Chris George as a free agent.

June 27, 2008 (Standings)

Released Jamie Vermilyea.

July 1, 2008 (Standings)

Released Kane Davis.

July 11, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Rick Bauer as a free agent.

August 1, 2008 (Standings)

Signed Marty McLeary as a free agent.

August 11, 2008 (Standings)

Released Shannon Stewart.

August 21, 2008 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Jose Bautista. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Robinzon Diaz (August 25, 2008) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.

August 30, 2008 (Standings)

Traded Matt Stairs to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received a player to be named later. The Philadelphia Phillies sent Fabio Castro (September 29, 2008) to the Toronto Blue Jays to complete the trade.

August 31, 2008 (Standings)

Traded David Eckstein to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Chad Beck.

October 6, 2008 (Standings)

Selected Dirk Hayhurst off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

October 9, 2008 (Standings)

Hector Luna granted Free Agency.

October 15, 2008 (Standings)

Gustavo Chacin granted Free Agency.

October 24, 2008

Signed Adam Loewen as a free agent.

Kevin Mench granted Free Agency.

Selected Bryan Bullington off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.

October 30, 2008

Brad Wilkerson granted Free Agency.

October 31, 2008

John Parrish granted Free Agency.

November 3, 2008

Rick Bauer granted Free Agency.

Jonah Bayliss granted Free Agency.

Jordan De Jong granted Free Agency.

Chris George granted Free Agency.

Mike Gosling granted Free Agency.

Erik Kratz granted Free Agency.

Pedro Lopez granted Free Agency.

Danny Sandoval granted Free Agency.

Matt Watson granted Free Agency.

Gregg Zaun granted Free Agency.

Selected Kelvin Jimenez off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Selected Angel Sanchez off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

November 4, 2008

A.J. Burnett granted Free Agency.

Selected Les Walrond off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

November 12, 2008

Released Jean Machi.

November 17, 2008

Kelvin Jimenez selected by the Chicago White Sox off waivers.

November 20, 2008

Signed Rick Bauer as a free agent.

Released Les Walrond.

December 12, 2008

Signed Matt Clement as a free agent.

December 17, 2008

Signed Randy Ruiz as a free agent.

December 18, 2008

Signed Jason Lane as a free agent.

December 22, 2008

Signed Raul Chavez as a free agent.

December 29, 2008

Signed Michael Barrett as a free agent.

December 30, 2008

Signed Mike Maroth as a free agent.

January 16, 2009

Signed Howie Clark as a free agent.

January 20, 2009

Signed Brandon Fahey as a free agent.

Signed Rommie Lewis as a free agent.

February 4, 2009

Selected Brian Burres off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

February 5, 2009

Selected T.J. Beam off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

February 6, 2009

Signed Ken Takahashi as a free agent.

February 9, 2009

Signed Nick Gorneault as a free agent.

February 10, 2009

Signed Jonah Bayliss as a free agent.

Released Dirk Hayhurst.

February 11, 2009

Signed Kevin Millar as a free agent.

February 13, 2009

Signed Dirk Hayhurst as a free agent.

March 7, 2009

Signed Wade Miller as a free agent.

March 15, 2009

Released Ken Takahashi.

March 27, 2009

Sold Curtis Thigpen to the Oakland Athletics.

Released Rick Bauer.

Released Mike Maroth.

April 1, 2009

Released Kevin Melillo.

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