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2008 TORONTO BLUE JAYS

+    Level: MLB
Location:  Toronto,ON
Team Record:  86-76   .531
Result:   4th in American League - East Division
Manager(s):  John Gibbons, Cito Gaston
General Manager:   J.P. Ricciardi
Stadium:  Rogers Centre
Attendance:  2,399,786
Payroll:  $97,793,900
Playoffs:  -

Toronto Blue Jays affiliate history
Oldest Player:  Matt Stairs (40)
Youngest Player:  Travis Snider (20)
Longest Tenure:  Roy Halladay (11)
Top Hitter:  Alex Rios (19)
Top Pitcher:  Roy Halladay (1)
Top Draft Pick:  David Cooper (#17)

Roster Continuity:  74.89%
Top Prospect:   Travis Snider
American League Standings
EastWLPctGB
Tampa Bay9765.599--
Boston9567.5862.0
NY Yankees8973.5498.0
Toronto8676.53111.0
Baltimore6893.42228.5

TEAM INFORMATION
Contract data is available from the mid 2000s until the present day. Shaded records are players who signed multi-year contracts. The list of contracts may not be complete. Visit the Data Store if you're interested in purchasing the contract data.
Player NameContract Signed byStartEndLengthValuePer YearContract Notes
Jeremy AccardoToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 392,200 
Rod BarajasToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 1,200,000 Club option for 2009
Jose BautistaPittsburgh Pirates200820081$ 1,800,000 Avoided arbitration
Armando BenitezToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 400,000 Minor League Contract
A.J. BurnettToronto Blue Jays200620085$ 55,000,000$ 11.00m$6m signing bonus. Opted out of contract in 2008
Shawn CampToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 Minor League Contract
Jesse CarlsonToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchsed from minors
Buck CoatsToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 392,100 
Scott DownsToronto Blue Jays200820103$ 10,000,000$ 3.33mAvoided arbitration
David EcksteinToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 4,500,000 
Jason FrasorToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 1,125,000 Avoided arbitration
Roy HalladayToronto Blue Jays200820103$ 40,000,000$ 13.33mSigned extension during 2006 season
Aaron HillToronto Blue Jays200820114$ 12,000,000$ 3.00mClub options for 2012-2014
Joe InglettToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 
Brandon LeagueToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 400,300 
Adam LindToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 396,400 
Jesse LitschToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 395,800 
Shaun MarcumToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 402,500 
John McDonaldToronto Blue Jays200820092$ 3,800,000$ 1.90mExtension signed during 2007 season
Dustin McGowanToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 404,100 
Kevin MenchTexas Rangers200820081$ 390,000 
Lyle OverbayToronto Blue Jays200720104$ 24,000,000$ 6.00mAvoided arbitration. $3.8m signing bonus
John ParrishToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 Minor league contract
David PurceyToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchased from minors
Scott RichmondToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchased from minors
Alex RiosToronto Blue Jays200820147$ 69,834,999$ 9.98mClub option for 2015 ($13.5m with $1m buyout)
Scott RolenSt. Louis Cardinals200320108$ 90,000,000$ 11.25m$5m signing bonus
B.J. RyanToronto Blue Jays200620105$ 47,000,000$ 9.40m$10m signing bonus (Signed minor league contract with Cubs in 2009)
Marco ScutaroToronto Blue Jays200820092$ 2,650,000$ 1.33mAvoided arbitration
Travis SniderToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchased from minors
Matt StairsToronto Blue Jays200820092$ 3,250,000$ 1.63m$1.25 signing bonus
Shannon StewartToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 1,500,000 Minor league contract
Brian TalletToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 640,000 Avoided arbitration
Curtis ThigpenToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 390,000 
Frank ThomasToronto Blue Jays200720082$ 18,120,001$ 9.06mReleased by Blue Jays in April 2008
Jorge VelandiaPittsburgh Pirates200820081$ 390,000 MInor League Contract
Randy WellsChicago Cubs200820081$ 390,000 Contract purchased from minors
Vernon WellsToronto Blue Jays200820147$ 126,000,000$ 18.00m$25.5m signing bonus. Can opt out after 2011
Brad WilkersonSeattle Mariners200820081$ 3,000,000 
Brian WolfeToronto Blue Jays200820081$ 395,500 
Gregg ZaunToronto Blue Jays200720082$ 7,250,000$ 3.63mClub option for 2009 (not vested)



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