Results tagged ‘ Gregg Zaun ’

ZAUN RETURNS TO JAYS

In the end Blue Jays catcher Greg Zaun, who represented himself in contract talks with Jays GM J.P. Ricchardi couldn’t leave the only team that has provided him the opportunity to play on an everyday basis.  Zaun decided Tuesday to resign with Toronto for two years at 7.5 million with an option for 2009.  With only Jason Phillips on the roster and Curtis Thigpen at least a year away, the Zaun signing was a must for the catching strapped organization.  At 36 years old it’s not a given that Zaun can catch 120 games and a quality back-up still needs to be found.  Look for Toronto to continue to shop for catching help that will tutor Thigpen in Syracuse and provide an emergency back-up at the major league level.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS BEGIN

With the 2006 baseball season complete, both major league and minor league free agents can now begin talks for the 2007 campaign.  The Blue Jays who have lost five players to the free agency since Saturday (Frank Cattalanotto, Justin Speier, Ted Lilly and catchers Greg Zaun  and Benjie Molina) hope to resign Zaun and Lilly, with Cattalanotto and Speier longshots.  Already, the Jays signed their first minor league free agent, righthander Jean Machi (Ma-Kee) and added him to their 40-man major league roster.  A minor league free agent is normally assigned to the Syracuse roster, but the Blue Jays may believe the Machi would be a possible rule 5 draft selection and lost to another organization in December.  Last season with Montgomery (AA) in the Devil Rays organization, Machi was 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA and 16 saves.  In 71-innings pitched the righty closer struck out 68 batters.  He currently is pitching in his native country Venezuela and has not allowed a run in 8-innings pitched…..This week on INSIDE PITCH, the Chiefs new weekly radio show broadcast live on ESPN Radio 1260 AM Bob McElligott and John Simone will talk to player agent Ivan Schwartz on what a six year free agent looks for when he becomes eligable and who might be available amoung the 2007 crop.

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