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In a rather surprising All-Star break move, the Blue Jays in essence acquired young shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Braves in exchange for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes also is going to Toronto, with Minor League lefty Tim Collins and Minor League infielder Tyler Pastornicky migrating to Atlanta’s organization.
According to multiple reports, the Blue Jays have made late-inning relievers Kevin Gregg, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor available. This should not come as a surprise, considering all three are eligible for free agency at season’s end and are not part of Toronto’s long-term plans.
Gregg has converted 20 saves in 23 chances for the Jays since taking over the role Frasor occupied at the start of the season. As things currently stand, Downs would qualify as a Type A free agent, while Gregg and Frasor would be eligible as Type B. That means all three could potentially net compensation picks in the 2011 Draft.
Gregg, 32, is under contract for $2.75 million this and his deal with the Jays includes either a $4.5 million club option for 2011 or an $8.75 million club option for the 2011-12 seasons. Downs — one of the better left-handed specialists over the past few years — is earning $4 million this year, while Frasor is under contract for $2.65 million.
The international signing period began Friday, 29 days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and the Athletics were the first to make an imprint by signing Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez to a $2.2 million contract, according to Baseball America.