Blue Jays Release Randy Ruiz

The Blue Jays released Randy Ruiz, tweets's Jordan Bastian.  Ruiz then signed a contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.  The Jays called up Jeremy Reed to take Ruiz's place.

Ruiz, 32, raked in his 130 big league plate appearances for the Blue Jays last year but had only 40 PAs this year.  The journeyman first baseman/left fielder has logged 11 minor league seasons, and will presumably get a chance to earn more money in Japan.