The Toronto Blue Jays will honor the late Roy Halladay by retiring his number — 32 — on Opening Day, just before the Jays face off against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. The Jays will likewise wear a No. 32 patch on their jerseys for the entirety of the 2018 season.
Hallday spent 12 of his 16 seasons in the bigs with the Jays, winning the Cy Young Award in Toronto in 2003. For his Blue Jays career he was 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA in 416 games, 390 of which came as a starter. He was a six-time AL All-Star with the Blue Jays as well and established himself as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in a Jays uniform.
NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.
To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.