Munenori Kawasaki RUMORS & NEWS

  • Blue Jays re-sign Munenori Kawasaki

    Hardball Talk "Toronto has re-signed Munenori Kawasaki after dropping him from the 40-man roster in October, bringing the 33-year-old utility man back on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. " January 16

  • Jays agree to minor league contract with Munenori Kawasaki

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract and have invited him to the team’s spring training camp. The popular 32-year-old infielder became a cult figure last season with his quirkiness, enthusiasm and penchant for some timely hits. There..." December 26

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    Gregor Chisholm @gregorMLB

    #BlueJays have signed Munenori Kawasaki to a Minor League contract with an invite to spring training.

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    Richard Griffin @RGriffinStar

    Roster update from #bluejays include refuse option on Kawasaki. Sources say Mune likely back to Japan for $2M and Jays were aware.

  • Jays pick up three options, decline Kawasaki’s "The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised the 2014 contract options on Casey Janssen, Adam Lind and Mark DeRosa while declining the option on Munenori Kawasaki, multiple sources told Thursday. Lind will earn $7 million, Janssen $4 million and DeRosa $750,000. Kawasaki would have earned..." October 31

  • Blue Jays activate Kawasaki, option Weber "The Blue Jays reinstated shortstop Munenori Kawasaki from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Thad Weber to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Weber will stay with Toronto however as the club will recall him as its designated 26th man for the doubleheader against the Yankees on..." August 19

  • Blue Jays recall Kawasaki, Cabrera on DL

    Toronto Star "The life of a major leaguer, the life of a legend, the life of the party, that’s Blue Jays’ infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Trying to meet any of those expectations is tough enough, but being all those things to an entire country can be an amazing roller-coaster ride. One day you’re smiling and..." June 28

  • Munenori Kawasaki exits Blue Jays ... for now

    Toronto Sun "Munenori Kawasaki plays the game with joy and class and humility, and he leaves an indelible mark on this Blue Jays team as he heads to Buffalo, optioned out to make room for the return of Jose Reyes. "The fans and the guys in here basically fell in love with this guy," Mark Buehrle said..." June 26

  • Teammates would rather not say sayonara to shortstop Munenori Kawasaki

    Toronto Star "Munenori Kawasaki’s fate with the Blue Jays could become clear Sunday or Monday, but there’s no doubt the popular Japanese shortstop has left an indelible impression on his teammates and manager. In fact, that impression may be so great, it could become permanent. “He’s a great story,” Jays..." June 23

  • Jays fans mount write-in campaign to send Kawasaki to all-star game

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays fans looking to spice up baseball’s often-dreary midsummer classic have mounted a write-in campaign to send light-hitting, but energetic shortstop Munenori Kawasaki to the all-star game. The tongue-in-cheek campaign encourages fans to “look into their hearts” instead of poring over..." June 10

  • Everybody loves Munenori Kawasaki: Jays fans launch All-Star write-in effort

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Mariners fans wailed when the team released Munenori Kawasaki after last season. They adored the bench-warming infielder’s attitude, heart and hustle on the baseball field; he was a bright light in a Seattle dugout that could, at times, be pretty dark. He was often seen dancing or doing..." May 02