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Mets tab Ricciardi as assistant GM

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- J.P. Ricciardi has been hired as a special assistant to New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, the team said Tuesday.
White Sox claim Alex Rios off waivers

White Sox claim Alex Rios off waivers

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The Chicago White Sox claimed two-time all-star outfielder Alex Rios off waivers from Toronto Tuesday, giving up nothing in exchange.

Toronto outfielder out for month

DUNEDIN, Fla., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells found out Monday he will be out of action a month with a strained left hamstring.
Cito Gaston returning to Blue Jays

Cito Gaston returning to Blue Jays

TORONTO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Cito Gaston will manage the Toronto Blue Jays through the 2009 season.

Blue Jays dump Frank Thomas

TORONTO, April 20 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays Sunday released aging designated hitter Frank Thomas.

Toronto closer B.J. Ryan out with arm pain

DUNDEDIN, Fla., March 20 (UPI) -- Soreness in the forearm and biceps of his throwing arm will cause Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan to miss the rest of spring training in Dunedin, Fla.

Pitcher Joe Kennedy, 28, dies suddenly

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Free-agent pitcher Joe Kennedy died in Florida Friday of unknown causes at the age of 28.

Blue Jays not looking to trade Burnett

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays are not willing to trade star right-hander A.J. Burnett, one of their best pitchers, unless a deal is worth it.

Roy Halladay done for the year

TORONTO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Toronto Blue Jays ace right-hander Roy Halladay will not pitch again in the 2006 season.

Blue Jays put Burnett on the DL

TORONTO, April 22 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays Saturday placed veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list because of a right-elbow injury.

A.J. Burnett goes on disabled list

TORONTO, March 29 (UPI) -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett of Toronto will begin the 2006 baseball season on the 15-day disabled list because of an elbow injury.

Bobby Mattick, ex-Jays skipper, dies at 89

TORONTO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Bobby Mattick, who joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 1976 and became the team's manager in 1980-81, has died at the age of 89, the team reported Friday.

Gibbons officially named Blue Jays manager

TORONTO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- John Gibbons was promoted from interim to full-time manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced Monday.

Jays' Halladay to miss 4-6 weeks

OAKLAND, Calif., July 20 (UPI) -- Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay will miss four to six weeks with a "tired shoulder," General Manager J.P. Ricciardi said Monday.

Three pitchers change teams

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- There was a three-team trade Sunday at the winter baseball meetings.
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John Paul (J. P.) Ricciardi (born September 26, 1959 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is a Major League Baseball executive who currently is a special assistant to New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. Ricciardi has previously served as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from November 14, 2001 to October 3, 2009.

Ricciardi went to and played baseball for St. Peter's/St. Peter-Marian High School in Worcester, and then played for the Saint Leo University Lions from 1979 through 1980. He then spent two years as an infielder in the New York Mets minor league system, playing for the Mets' A-class league affiliates in Little Falls in 1980 and Shelby in 1981. He finished his playing career with a batting average below .200.

After the conclusion of his playing career, Ricciardi became a coach in the New York Yankees farm system in the early 1980s before joining the Oakland Athletics organization in 1986 as a minor league instructor and scout. By the early 1990s he had risen to the rank of East Coast Scouting Supervisor and later National Crosschecker. Ricciardi made his break into the front office in 1996, when he became special assistant to Athletics general manager Sandy Alderson. Under new general manager Billy Beane, who was hired in 1997 and had been Ricciardi's former teammate with the Little Falls Mets, his role became Director of Player Personnel.

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