Blue Jays sign Shannon Stewart

    DUNEDIN, FL, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed free agent
outfielder SHANNON STEWART to a minor league contract with an invitation to
attend spring training with the major league club.
    STEWART, 33, hit .290 in 2007 for the Oakland Athletics with 22 doubles,
12 home runs, 48 RBI and an on base percentage of .345. In 146 games for the
A's, the 6-0, 205lb native of Cincinnati, Ohio scored 79 runs, stole 11 bases
and recorded 47 walks with just 60 strikeouts.
    Originally drafted 19th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992, Stewart
is a career .298 hitter with 311 doubles, 39 triples, 114 home runs and 566
RBI. He has appeared for three clubs during his 13 year career; the Blue Jays
(1995-2003), Minnesota Twins (2003-2006) and the Oakland Athletics (2007). The
right-handed hitter has compiled 193 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of
    Stewart appeared in 855 games as a Blue Jay batting .301 with 218
doubles, 73 home runs and 163 stolen bases. In franchise history he ranks 2nd
in batting average (min 2000 PA), 5th in runs (581) and stolen bases, tied for
6th in doubles (218), 7th in hits (1,040) and tied for 7th in triples (32).

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For further information: JAY STENHOUSE, (727) 734-8007 x 6421

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