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The Blue Jays reach deals with Dustin McGowan, Jose Bautista

Dec 14, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

It’s for $500,000 for McGowan. Adam LaRoche understands the significance of that amount.

McGowan was pretty awesome in 2007 and 2008, winning 14 games with a 3.62 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 32 starts.  Then there were concerns of overuse, then there was shoulder surgery.

Last summer J.P. Ricciardi said that McGowan’s rehab had hit some bumps and that his career was in jeopardy.  Either McGowan’s actual prognosis has improved or the Jays are not being run by excitable people who struggle at the most basic of public relations tasks like Ricciardi did.  Not that those things are mutually-exclusive.

The Jays likewise announced that they’ve reached terms with Jose Bautista for one year, $2.4 million. He’s a part-timer and maybe not worth that money, but he’s not worth too much less than that and the Blue Jays like him.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Sounds to me like the Feather Lice decided to take a look at their roster and began wondering if they would have 25 guys left in April at the rate the exodus from Toronto is going on. I could understand that if we were entering a new phase of global glaciation, Queen West were slated to redeposit itself as a terminal moraine somewhere south of Erie, and our elephants were starting to become hairy again, but guys, it’s global warming up there, you know?

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