Azor signs with Jays
The Blue Jays reached agreement with 10th-round pick Alex Azor for $1,000, the college senior told MLB.com on Thursday.
Azor, selected out of the United States Naval Academy, will report to Dunedin, Fla., this weekend and play short-season ball with the Blue Jays for the summer until he reports to the military in the fall. His military obligation will prevent him from playing while he serves, and the Blue Jays will place him on the restricted list.
Toronto will save $124, 000 on the deal, which is money that can be used to sign some of the club’s higher picks, such as high schoolers Matt Smoral and Anthony Alford.
The Blue Jays also signed sixth-round pick Eric Phillips well under slot value, for $5,000, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported Wednesday.
– Chris Toman