Jays Release Reed Johnson

SUNDAY: According to the Toronto Star, the Jays have released Reed Johnson.  The Jays have to pay $546K of his $3.275MM salary.  Not a huge deal, but non-tendering him several months ago would’ve been better.  Joel Sherman describes the Mets’ interest in Johnson as "mild at best."

SATURDAY: The Globe and Mail’s Jeff Blair refers to "scuttlebutt among scouts" about the Jays placing outfielder Reed Johnson on waivers.  However, J.P. Ricciardi said this was not true.  The Toronto GM said a choice is close regarding Johnson and Shannon Stewart, and both won’t make the team.  The Mets might be a match for Johnson.

I’m surprised by the way the Jays have gone about things in left field this year.  They brought back Matt Stairs, who can pretty much only play left since Frank Thomas and Lyle Overbay own the DH and first base spots.  They’ve got a seemingly Major League ready (and cheap) outfielder in Adam Lind.  They decided to tender a contract to Johnson, something I did not expect.  And then they signed Shannon Stewart on top of it all.  What are the Jays going to do with all these guys? 

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