Jays acquire 2 light-hitting veterans
Mench and Wilkerson join injury-riddled club while Chacin's career with Jays ends
J.P. Ricciardi had been hinting all Thursday the next 24 hours would be busy ones for his Toronto Blue Jays.
True to his word, the club's general manager announced Friday afternoon he had picked up a couple of 30-year-old veteran outfielders to help at the plate and in the field.
First up was Kevin Mench, acquired from the Texas Rangers for cash, followed by the signing of free agent Brad Wilkerson.
Wilkerson played 19 games for the Seattle Mariners this season, hitting .232 with four doubles, 10 walks in 56 plate appearances. In 887 career games, the outfielder hit .249 with 118 homers and 376 RBI.
Mench was playing with Oklahoma of the Pacific Coast League, where he had three homers and 18 RBI in 29 games this year.
He hit .271 with 89 homers and 320 RBI in 651 major league games.
Meanwhile, minor league pitcher Gustavo Chacin and infielder Sergio Santos have been designated for reassignment, meaning the Jays have 10 days to trade them or they become free agents.
Chacin spent four injury-plagued seasons with Toronto, posting a 13-9 mark in 2005 and 25-15 overall. He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last August.
The lefthander posted a 4.18 earned-run average in 58 starts.
Outfielder Joe Inglett has been sent back down to Syracuse from the major league roster.
With files from Canadian Press