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The Toronto Blue Jays continue to load up on pitching by adding righthander  Matt Rooney to their 40-man roster.  Rooney, 26, signed as a free agent after spending most of the 2006 season at Sacremento (PCL) when he recorded a 2.95 ERA in 47-relief appearances. He also appeared in 3-games with Oakland.   Rooney pitched in the IL with Toledo in 2004 and 2005.  Rooney joins a group of off-season free agent pitching help that includes Germi Gonzalez, Beau Kemp, Blaine Neal, Jason Scobie and Jean Machi.

That list will join Blue Jays prospects (starters) Josh Banks, Casey Janssen, Dustin McGowan, Ty Taubenheim, Ismael Ramirez, David Purcey, Michael MacDonald, Kyle Yates, Ricky Romero and veteran Josh Towers and relievers Ryan Houston, Davis Romero, Francisco Rosario, Jamie Vermilyea, Lee Gronkiewicz, Jordan DeJong, Tracey Thorpe and possibly late season acquision Jermey Accardo.

That’s alot of pitching to choose from with a whole off-season to go.

For more information on Free Agent signings make sure to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” this Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM when Chiefs GM John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker who will both return to Syracuse in 2007 and take your calls on anything baseball.


From the off-season free agent market, 2006 Chiefs outfielder Wayne Lydon recently signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals (Columbus -AAA) for the 2007 season.  Lydon led the Chiefs with 12 triples, 28 stolen bases and 80-runs scored last season.  He was offered a contract to play in Syracuse again in 2007, but decided on Washington.  For more on Wayne Lydon’s decision to go to Washington listen to INSIDE PITCH on ESPN RADIO 1260 AM, Saturday, November 11th at 9:00 AM as Bob McElligott and Chiefs GM John Simone talk to Blue Jays Director of Player Development **** Scott.  Also on the Show are MLB Executive Vice President of Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon and Chiefs President Don Waful, a Veteran of WWII discuss what Veterans Day means to him.

The Chiefs also lost lefthanded pitcher Adrian Burnside to the San Diego Padres (Portland – AAA) for the 2007 season.  Burnside spent the past two seasons in Syracuse.  Last year, he was placed on the disabled list June 1st and although he returned to the mound a month later, pitched in only 8-games over the final 3-months. 

The Blue Jays are busy contacting minor league free agents and hope to announce their signings for the 2007 season soon.


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.


Hope you had a chance to hear “Inside Pitch” our new weekly talk show devouted to baseball in Central New York.  Our host Bob McElligott did a great job for the first show with guest Jason and Steve Grilli who offered their insights on a majical season in Detriot.  Chiefs GM and co-host John Simone brought us up-to-date on what really happened with the working agreement changes in the I.L. and explained  that the team will play on either field turf or grass in 2007 or as late as 2008.  The decision will be that of Onondaga County and the County Legislature. MLB Executive Jimmie Lee Solomon was unable to hook up with us this week due to his duties at the World Series, but will be a guest on next weeks show to talk about the recently announced agreeement with the players association for another 5 years….Syracuse Crunch took two home games this weekend and after a terrible start they seem to be on track to compete against a tough conference…..Red Auerbach passed away on Saturday and with him so did much of the Celtic pride.  Former Chifs infielder Danny Ainge, one of Auerbachs favorites was brought in a ew years ago to restore the team.  Hopefully, Danny can rekindle Red’s spirit and bring the Celtics back.


IINSIDE PITCH comes to Central New York this Saturday, October 28th at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM .  The voice of baseball in Syracuse, Bob McElligott will host the weekly show and be joined by Chiefs General Manager John Simone each week.  The show will feature interviews of current and past players as well as coaching staff insights and major league updates all season long.  For Chiefs fans it’s an opportunity to know what’s really going on with the hometown team on a timely basis.

This continues the Chiefs’ multimedia presentation that has been created over the past year.  In November of 2005 the Chiefs teamed up with Citadel Broadcasting and signed a two year radio deal to broadcast all 144 Chiefs games on ESPN Radio 1260 AM.  In January 2006 the team announced that they would join the growing number of minor league baseball teams and signed a ten year web site development agreement with Baseball Advanced Media. The BAM agreement links the Chiefs with MLB.Com and offers the club all the advantages of a major league web site including the very popular “pitch by pitch” Game Day Program that was unveiled in April 2006.  After radio and the internet were taken care of the Chiefs agreed to expand their television coverage and signed a two year deal with Time Warner Cable to broadcast over 20 games a season on TW26.  In September 2006 the Chiefs introduced their own blog  with the help of BAM and post on a daily basis to give fans an up-to-date take on the days news.  And in October 2006 we will become talking heads on weekly basis and give you our take on what’s really going on.

We appreciate the positve feedback we have received concerning these additions to Chiefs Baseball in 2006. Look for our blog each Thursday for announcement of show topics and guest.

See you every Saturday on ESPN Radio 1260 AM.

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