BLUE JAYS SELECT CONTRACT OF LOUP

By on July 12, 2012

courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays

Today the TORONTO BLUE JAYS will select the contract of LHP AARON LOUP on Friday, July 13th and have placed LHP LUIS PEREZ on the 60-day disabled list today, retroactive to July 9th.

LOUP, 24, has spent the 2012 season with New Hampshire of the Eastern League (AA), posting a 0-3 record with three saves and a 2.78 ERA in 37 relief appearances. The Raceland, Louisiana native has walked only 14, while adding 43 strikeouts in 43.1 innings for the Fisher Cats. The 2009, 9th round selection is in his 4th professional season spending full seasons in each of Gulf Coast (2009), Lansing (2010) and Dunedin (2011).

PEREZ, 27, is being placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow UCL tear, retroactive to July 9th. The Guayubin, Dominican Republic native has appeared in 35 games this season, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.43 ERA. The 35 appearances rank 4th on the club, while his 42.0 innings are the most out of the bullpen for any Blue Jays reliever.

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have also signed EDWIN ENCARNACION to a three-year, $27 million dollar (US$) contract for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons with a $10 million dollar club option for the 2016 season. Affirming his commitment to the organization and the City of Toronto, Edwin has agreed to make a donation to the JAYS CARE FOUNDATION in support of their ongoing objectives.

ENCARNACION, 29, is currently batting .295 in 83 games this season with 14 doubles, 23 home runs and 58 RBI. The La Romana, Dominican Republic native is currently tied for fourth in the American League in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.595), seventh in RBI, total bases (174) and on-base percentage (.382). He has also stolen a career high nine bases this season.

Now in his eighth season in the Major Leagues, the 6-2, 220lb. infielder has a career average of .267 in 869 games with 180 doubles, 140 home runs and 450 RBI for the Toronto Blue Jays (2009-current) and the Cincinnati Reds (2005-2009). The right-handed hitter spent parts of five seasons with Cincinnati before being traded to Toronto along with RHP Josh Roenicke and RHP Zach Stewart in exchange for 3B Scott Rolen on July 31, 2009. After becoming a free agent following the 2010 season he re-signed with Toronto.

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