Blue Jays keeping length of John Farrell’s contract a secret

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This afternoon the Blue Jays officially introduced former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager, but neither Farrell nor general manager Alex Anthopoulos were willing to disclose the length of his contract.

Anthopoulos told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that the secrecy is needed because knowing contract details “creates unneeded speculation and takes attention away from the team.”

In other words, it’ll be harder for people to speculate about Farrell’s job status if they don’t even know how long he’s signed for.

If every detail of players’ contracts are made public it only seems fair that the same is true for managers and even general managers, but the whole secrecy thing with Farrell is particularly odd considering there’s almost zero chance of everyone involved actually keeping it a secret. Eventually someone involved with the Blue Jays will tell someone involved with the media, at which point the team’s attempts to keep the contract length under wraps will seem even weirder.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.