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Blue Jays release Mark Teahen, eat $5.5 million salary

Jan 17, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland Reuters

UPDATE: As expected, Teahen and his $5.5 million contract passed through waivers unclaimed and today the Blue Jays released him. They’re on the hook for his entire salary.

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Toronto needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Darren Oliver and did so by designating Mark Teahen for assignment.

Teahen went from the White Sox to the Blue Jays in the eight-player swap built around Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson in July, with Toronto agreeing to assume the $7 million or so left on his contract as part of the value received by Chicago.

He’s still owed $5.5 million this season and Teahen is coming off a career-worst year in which he hit .200 with a .573 OPS in 78 games, so it’s pretty safe to assume his contract will clear waivers.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Unfortunately for Teahen, he was the obvious player to get the axe. I think that he will eventually be traded after he clears waivers with the Jays absorbing part of his salary.

    • bozosforall - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      He was released…so there goes your theory.

    • cur68 - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Had to happen, I guess. Anthopolous hasn’t really made any crappy moves since becoming GM except for Teahen and Teahen related moves. Considering how much salary other GMs have had to eat, this one’s not too bad. As far as I’m concerned the relative sting of this is minimized by the Santos acquisition, the upside of seeing Vernon Wells in the California sunshine (its the way the sun glints of Well’s devil horns that’s so agreeable), and Rios sitting next to Dunn.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        We all know of bigger amounts of dead money than Teahen. Examples include Dunn, Crawford, Burnett, Zito, Morneau, and Arod the last couple of years (sorry Len).

      • cur68 - Jan 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        Len’s trying to re-coup team losses to ARod by drawing a salary from Rodriguez as his human shield.

    • kcagent007 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      I live in Kansas City and hate to see Mark Teahen not do well. Mark was a Class Act here in KC and always played the game at 100%. Mark played very well here at times. Very well!!. The great thing about him was he would play anywhere asked and played these positions well. I am not sure what happen after he left KC, I wish he would have done well for himself and his teams in Chicago & Toronto. Good luck Mark, your good people!

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Agreed!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      once again proudly doesnt live in reality, teahen will not be traded for 4 bags of balls because his trade value is zilch and if any team for some reason wants to take a flier on him they will wait until he clears waivers. come on proudly you cant be that out of it, look at the guys numbers for the love of god

  2. natstowngreg - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Dropped from an MLB roster to make room for a 40-year old LOOGY. Embarrassing.

    In his “age 25″ season (2006), Teahen hit .290 with an .874 OPS. Turned out to be his career year. Another case of what might have been…

    • natstowngreg - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Correction, Oliver is 41. That’s even worse.

    • kcagent007 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Live in Kansas City and hate to see Mark Teahen not do well. Mark was a Class Act here in KC and always played the game at 100%. Mark played very well here at times. Very well!!. The great thing about him was he would play anywhere asked and played these positions well. I am not sure what happen after he left KC, I wish he would have done well for himself and his teams in Chicago & Toronto. Good luck Mark, your good people!

  3. Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I have a terrific recipe for teahen:

    1 5-7 pound teahen, plucked, decapitated, eviscerated, rinsed and hung upside-down in the drying closet. Set entrails aside for the transplant organ black market.
    1 carrot, chopped
    1 stalk celery, chopped
    1 medium onion, eighthed
    handful of parsley
    1/2 tbsp dill
    salt and pepper to tastelessness

    Boil a gallon of water. Perforate the teahen purposefully, parallel to the carcass, with a cornholder. Plunge teahen into boiling water until henbumps form on skin. Remove teahen and dry on uncovered cookie sheet in refrigerator for a few days. Then stuff cavity with herbs and veggies. Set aside any veggies that won’t fit for ethanol production. Roast breast-down at 350 degrees for three hours, basting occasionally with a surgical siphon.

    If your daughter went off to law school in Guadalajara and married an Aztec, this makes a lovely “meet the significant other” homecoming dish.

    • jkcalhoun - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Much confusion results from the substitution of the dental for the bilabial plosive. It happens.

      • Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        That’s OK. Bilabials are pretty difficult to come by at my age anyway.

      • jkcalhoun - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        Having incorrectly labeled the English ‘T’ as a dental plosive rather than an alveolar plosive, I have been exposed as a fraudulent linguist.

    • vivabear - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      It’s really too bad that your comments are visible, and people are potentially reading them. Your comments provide no value whatsoever.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        You got guts, dissing the Gator.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        Yeah, you really don’t know who you’re messing with. OG is like that crazy Uncle that shows up at family gatherings. You’re suprised he made it there in the first place. Half the time you have no idea what he’s talking about, and half the time he’s freaking brilliant and you egg him on to get home to talk more ; )

      • crisisjunky - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        not so, I wasn’t sure what to do with fowl innerds before.

      • Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Vivabear: you make no sense. If I had made my comments invisible, nobody would be able to read them, and wouldn’t that have been a colossal waste of potential?

      • vivabear - Jan 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        OG: there’s something called context, you need to familiarize yourself with it.

      • Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        The problem with getting familiar with context that doesn’t exist in the first place is that the process of familiarization itself is what creates the context. It’s a bit of a tautology, but like most tautologies it’s just ripe with potential – like seeking an even integer of π. Better just to create a context of one’s own, and become familiar with it in retrospect.

        Or, I suppose you could barge onto a site whose content (or context, if you prefer) has been framed very liberally by its founders and directors and which you are not yourself entitled to determine, declare yourself the official arbiter of its context, and decide for the rest of us what does or does not belong on it.Of course, part of the problem with that is you’d have to create your own context within which you wielded such apocryphal authority in the first place. Be careful not to try to familiarize yourself with it at the same time, or you might get tangled up in a tautology.

      • vivabear - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        OG: “declare yourself the official arbiter of its context.” Did this really happen? I find your fabricated statements odd.

      • Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        Yes, it did really happen. It’s OK that you don’t recall it now. That happens from time to time. It will come back to you eventually.

      • vivabear - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        OG:

        “Yes, it did really happen. It’s OK that you don’t recall it now. That happens from time to time. It will come back to you eventually.”

        Maybe you can show me where it happened…I fail to see it.

        How could I recall something that never happened?

        Repeating something that is made up, doesn’t somehow make it come true.

    • cur68 - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      …and finally a teahen comes to the dish and might be useful…decapitated, eviscerated, and boiled mind you, but hey, better than PEDS, amiright?

      Gator, how is it your recipes always sound vaguely like a crime scene from Silence of the Lambs? I think you serve teahen with a big Chianti.

      • Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        A nice Chianti, Cur, a nice Chianti. “Thou shalt not take all time classic movie quotes in vain.” Ezekiel 25:17

      • cur68 - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Ah, yes. You are correct. I’m confusing the movie quote with the book quote in which it was “some fava beans and a big Amarone”.

        Well, lets see what we’ve learned so far today?
        -The relative merits, in terms of historic American land deals, of giving Yu Darvish lots of filthy lucre.
        -How to prepare Mark Teahen for the dish
        -The correct biblical reference for quoting properly from movies
        -random hockey-guys just LOVE Don Mattingly

        I’m going to take a nap. My brain is full.

  4. crisisjunky - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Thanks for getting the Depravity Express rolling, Viva.

    now let’s talk Teaducken (inside the original teahen)

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      You take Kansas City Teahan, wrap him inside the Chicago Teahan, and finish it off with Toronto Teahan. Warning: you may think it will end up being decent based on its pricetag, but will tend to disappoint.

      • Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        All I know is, when your tearduckens get clogged, it squeaks when you blink.

  5. wlschneider09 - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Let’s see now,

    Lousy hitter: Check

    No power: Well, sort of.

    Plays multiple positions: Check.

    Good enough, welcome to the Twins Mr. Teahen. Pick up Cuddy’s old jersey on your way past Gardy’s office….. oh yeah, you don’t happen to pitch do you?

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