Blue Jays pick up options for Lind, Janssen, DeRosa but decline Kawasaki

Toronto Blue Jays Munenori Kawasaki reacts after scoring the tying run against the Kansas City...

Toronto Blue Jays Munenori Kawasaki reacts after scoring the tying run against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto August 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

With the World Series over, the housecleaning for all Major Leagues teams is in the works and that includes the Blue Jays.

On Friday they announced they had exercised the club options for 2014 on DH/IB Adam Lind ($7 million), closer Casey Janssen ($4 million) and reserve infielder Mark DeRosa (4750,000).

They also declined to pick up a $1 million option on infielder Munenori Kawasaki, who was extremely popular with the fans and his teammates.

Sentiment didn’t override the fact that Kawasaki hit just .218 with almost zero power, had limited range and a below average throwing arm. However, he performed as well as he could in the absence of shortstop Jose Reyes and by his quirky routines and little-engine-that-could spirit of play, he replaced the departed John McDonald in the hearts of the fans.


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