BLUE JAYS extend contracts of Scouting and Baseball Department Personnel



    TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have reached three year
contract extensions, through the 2010 season, with TONY LaCAVA, Director
Player Personnel, DICK SCOTT, Director Player Development, JON LALONDE,
Director Scouting, SAL BUTERA, Special Assistant to the GM & CHARLIE WILSON,
Manager Minor League Operations.

    LaCAVA joined the Toronto Blue Jays on October 15, 2002 and was promoted
to his current position on July 30, 2003. The 45 year old native of
Pittsburgh, PA, began scouting in 1989 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
following his playing career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has
also worked for the Atlanta Braves (2000), the Montreal Expos (2001) and the
Cleveland Indians (2002) before finding a home with the Blue Jays in 2002.

    SCOTT, 44, is in his sixth season with Toronto after accepting his
current position on November 28, 2001 and in doing so was one of the first
additions to the Baseball Operations Department under J.P. Ricciardi. The
former infielder appeared in three Major League games for the Oakland A's
(1989 & 1990) as part of a ten year playing career before accepting a position
to manage in the minors for the Athletics in 1991. In 1994 the Ellsworth,
Maine native was named Minor League Manager of the Year by USA Today. Scott
then joined the Arizona Diamondbacks where he was a minor league manager in
1997 and their Major League Advance Scout (1998-2001) before joining Toronto.

    LALONDE, 30, was named to his current position, Director, Scouting in
2003 and in doing so became the first Canadian to serve in that capacity in
club history. The Midland, Ontario native joined the Blue Jays in November
1999 in the Corporate Partnerships Department before moving to Baseball
Operations in 2001 as a Scouting Coordinator.

    BUTERA, 54, is in his 11th season with the Blue Jays after joining the
club in 1996 as the Major League Advance Scout. Before being named to his
current position in October, 2005, he served as the Major League Scout from
1996 to 2005 with the exception of the 1998 season when he was the Major
League Bullpen coach. The Richmond Hill, New York native played parts of nine
Major League seasons from 1980 to 1989 with the Minnesota Twins, Detroit
Tigers, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds and the Toronto Blue Jays.

    WILSON, 34, is in his fourth season in his current role as Manager, Minor
League Operations. He first joined the organization in 1993 in the Public
Relations Department where he worked on a seasonal basis until 1996 while
completing his education at Bishops University. Upon graduation, accepted the
position of Baseball Assistant in the Baseball Operations Department. The
Toronto, Ontario native was promoted to Scouting Coordinator in December 2000
and to his current position on August 20, 2003.





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