Blue Jays Acquire Outfielder Fred Lewis

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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays
acquired outfielder Fred Lewis from the San Francisco Giants for a
player to be named or cash.

Lewis, activated from the 15-day
disabled list earlier Thursday, batted .277 with 16 home runs and 81
RBIs in 326 games for the Giants.

"What he's done in the past, having
been an everyday player before, those are the guys ideally you'd like to
fill your bench with, guys with experience," Blue Jays general manager
Alex Anthopoulos
said. "Those are better bench players. We felt it was
an upgrade maybe over what we have currently."

Toronto optioned outfielder Jeremy
Reed
to Triple-A Las Vegas to open up a spot for Lewis, and moved
right-hander Dustin McGowan (shoulder) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day
DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

The 29-year-old strained a left
ribcage muscle during spring training. He began the season on the DL but
was activated Thursday after going 9-for-22 (.409) with a homer, six
RBIs and six runs scored in seven games with Triple-A Fresno.

The Giants would have had to place him
on waivers if they wanted to send him back down to the minor leagues.

Reed was called up Monday when second
baseman Aaron Hill (right hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled
list. He played in two games for Toronto.

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