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.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.