The Toronto Blue Jays have signed former Orioles hurler Adam Loewen to a minor league deal. The Surrey, B.C. native is trying to follow in the footsteps of Rick Ankiel by becoming a position player. The Jays also claimed right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington off waivers from Cleveland. To make room on the roster, outfielder Kevin Mench has been designated for assignment.
It's always good to see another Canadian boy in the fold in Loewen and the Jays are hoping Bullington rediscovers the form that made him the number one pick in the 2002 amateur draft.
It's no surprise Mench has been booted off the 40-man roster as he was part of the failed "Brevin Mencherson" experiment with Brad Wilkerson. The supposed lefty-masher hit just .237 against southpaws while faring almost 20 points better against righties. He did like hitting at the Rogers Centre by batting .289 as compared to .214 everywhere else. However, he had no homers and slugged just .357 (and people complain about Lyle Overbay!). Unless Mench winds up with the Jays new AAA affiliate in Las Vegas, this is pretty much the end of the line for the man who broke the hearts of Blue Jays fans when he broke the leg of Roy Halladay on a comebacker in 2005. How long is it before Wilkerson's days are numbered?