Blue Jays re-sign McDonald

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that shortstop John McDonald would be returning after signing a two-year contract worth $3 million US.

Defensive specialist will battle for full-time job at shortstop

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that shortstop John McDonald would be returning, signed to a two-year contract worth $3 million US.

McDonald, who earned $3.8 million US on a just completed two-year pact, has been a fan favourite during his four-plus seasons in Toronto because of his spectacular play in the field and all-out hustle.

Offensive limitations have prevented the New London, Ct., native from gaining full-time employment. The 35-year-old had a .258 batting average in 73 games last season with four home runs and 13 runs batted in.

Free agent Marco Scutaro played 143 games at shortstop for Toronto in 2009. Indications are the Blue Jays would rather get compensatory draft picks than re-sign him.

McDonald has also started a number of games at third and second base during his time in Toronto. He also played for Detroit and Cleveland in a 737-game major league career.

Meanwhile, Toronto made several new additions to its minor-league coaching staff:

  • Dan Rohn takes over as manager of AAA Las Vegas.
  • Former Montreal Expo Luis Rivera is the new manager of AA New Hampshire.
  • Clayton McCullough will manage advanced-A Dunedin.
  • Former Blue Jays catcher Sal Fasano is the manager at low-A Lansing.

Former Blue Jays pitcher Pete Walker, Anthony Iapoce and Rich Miller join the organization as roving coaches, while Ralph Dickenson (hitting, New Hampshire), John Tamargo Jr. (hitting, Lansing) and Kenny Graham (hitting, Auburn) will work with specific teams.

Hap Hudson is the new athletic training and rehab co-ordinator, taking over from Mike Frostad, who was promoted to major-league assistant trainer.

With files from The Canadian Press