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Blue Jays Organization Report

Larry Millson -Premium Content

This was a different kind of Rule 5 pick than the ones that longtime Blue Jays fans remember. The organization had a nice little run with their Rule 5 picks in the 1980s with players like Willie Upshaw, George Bell, Jim Acker, Jim Gott, Kelly Gruber and Manny Lee. Those guys were drafted as young players with potential who became regulars down the line. But in the latest draft at the Winter Meetings, the Blue Jays took an older utility infielder in Jason Smith, 29, from the Cubs.

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Blue Jays Organization Report

Larry Millson -Premium Content

Davis Romero admits he was a little surprised to be called up when Scott Schoeneweis was traded to the Reds in mid-August. Surprised or not, he made a positive impression as a lefthanded reliever. And that bodes well for next year, when it appears that the Blue Jays will take a cheaper route in their bullpen, at least in the situational roles.

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Blue Jays Organization Report

Larry Millson -Premium Content

Second baseman Ryan Roberts got his first major league and home run out of the way with one swing of the bat on Aug. 3 at Yankee Stadium against Cory Lidle. The home run in his fourth major league at-bat made him the seventh player in franchise history whose first big league hit was a home run and the first position player since Junior Felix in 1989.

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