The Toronto Blue Jays have outrighted RHP Jason Arnold and INF Raul Tablado to Syracuse of the International League (AAA), and purchased the contracts of of RHP Ryan Houston and INF Rob Cosby, therefore adding them to the 40-man
roster. In addition, C Ken Huckaby and INF Frank Menechino have elected to become free agents
after declining assignments to Syracuse.
The 26-year-old Houston, spent the 2005 season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of
the Eastern League (AA). In 32 games including one start, he posted a 3-2
record with seven saves and a 2.68 ERA. The 6-4, 190lb. right-hander from
Pensacola, Florida allowed 25 hits in 39 1/3 innings with 13 walks and 48
strikeouts. He was selected by Toronto in the 31st round of the 1998 First
Year Player Draft.
The 24-year-old Cosby, also spent the 2005 season with New Hampshire. He batted .308
with 34 doubles, 17 home runs and 68 RBI in 115 games. The 6-2, 200lb. native
of San Juan, Puerto Rico was selected by Toronto in the 10th round of the 1999
First Year Player Draft. The right-handed hitting infielder saw action at
first and third base as well as designated hitter this past season
Arnold, 26, spent the 2005 season in Syracuse (AAA), posting a 0-4 record
with five saves in 47 games with the SkyChiefs. The Melbourne, Florida native
had a 6.39 ERA over 62.0 innings with 27 walks and 53 strikeouts. ARNOLD was
acquired as a player to be named later from Oakland in a four-team trade on
December 15, 2002.
Tablado, 23, spent the 2005 season in New Hampshire (AA) where he hit
.199 in 103 games with 13 doubles, five home runs and 35 RBI. The 6-2, 196 lb.
infielder was selected by Toronto in the 4th round (118 overall) of the 2000
First Year Player Draft.
Huckaby, 34, hit .207 in 35 games for Toronto this season with four
doubles and six runs batted in. The 6-1, 220lb. native of San Leandro,
California appeared in 15 games for Syracuse (AAA) and batted .268 with one
home run and three runs batted in. HUCKABY also spent the 2002 and 2003
seasons with Toronto. He returned to the organization on January 10, 2005
after signing as a free agent. He is a career .223 hitter with three home runs
and 30 RBI in 153 games with Toronto (2002, 2003, 2005) Texas (2004),
Baltimore (2004) and Arizona (2001).
Menechino, 34, hit .216 in 70 games for Toronto this season with seven
doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI. The Staten Island, New York native was
acquired by the Blue Jays in a May 13, 2004 trade with the Oakland Athletics.
The 5-8, 198lb. right-handed hitter is a career .240 hitter with 36 home runs
and 149 RBI in 449 games, 141 with Toronto and 308 with Oakland.
Toronto currently has 37 players on its 40-man roster.