Report: Jays land outfielder Fred Lewis

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lewis headshot.JPGUPDATE: We now know what the Giants are getting in return: a player to be named later or cash, according to Schulman.

UPDATE, 9:39pm: Schulman says Lewis is now confirming the report via his own Facebook page.  He’s headed to Toronto.

8:56pm: According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, a trade between the Giants and Blue Jays involving outfielder Fred Lewis “seems imminent.” 

Schulman has heard whispers from sources and believes the trade makes sense for various reasons. 

He’s right.  The Blue Jays could use a speedy, reliable utility outfielder and Lewis should do well on the Rogers Centre turf.  He never really got comfortable in San Fran, and even asked for a trade at one point last year.  But he was fairly reliable at the plate, batting .258/.348/.390 with four home runs, 20 RBI and eight stolen bases in 295 at-bats, and can cover ground in the outfield.  A change of scenery might do him some good.