|Fred Lewis knew his days with the Giants were numbered. So when San Francisco got around to trading its 2002 second-rounder to the Blue Jays, Lewis was first to let the world know about the transaction via his Facebook page. “Say hello to the new Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Fred Lewis… YAY!!! Thank you Jesus,” he wrote. Toronto will send either a player to be named or cash to the Giants to complete the trade.
Lewis began the season on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno, where he batted .409/.536/.773 with a home run, a triple and three doubles through 22 at-bats. In seven games he had scored six runs, driven in six and had drawn six walks. Because he has no minor league options remaining, Lewis cannot be sent back to the minors without first clearing waivers. The Giants had crowded him out of their outfield picture with free agent acquisitions like Mark DeRosa and Aaron Rowand, but also playing a role was the matriculation of minor leaguers like John Bowker, Nate Schierholtz and Eugenio Velez.
|Blue Jays Acquire|
|Fred Lewis, lf
Age: 28. Bats: L. Remaining Commitment: 4 arbitration years prior to free agency ($455,000 in ’10).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
|We’ll review the player to be named once his identity is announced.|