Roster update from #bluejays include refuse option on Kawasaki. Sources say Mune likely back to Japan for $2M and Jays were aware.
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised the 2014 contract options on Casey Janssen, Adam Lind and Mark DeRosa while declining the option on Munenori Kawasaki, multiple sources told sportsnet.ca Thursday. Lind will earn $7 million, Janssen $4 million and DeRosa $750,000. Kawasaki would have earned..." October 31
MLB.com "The Blue Jays reinstated shortstop Munenori Kawasaki from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Thad Weber to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Weber will stay with Toronto however as the club will recall him as its designated 26th man for the doubleheader against the Yankees on..." August 19
Toronto Star "The life of a major leaguer, the life of a legend, the life of the party, that’s Blue Jays’ infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Trying to meet any of those expectations is tough enough, but being all those things to an entire country can be an amazing roller-coaster ride. One day you’re smiling and..." June 28
Toronto Sun "Munenori Kawasaki plays the game with joy and class and humility, and he leaves an indelible mark on this Blue Jays team as he heads to Buffalo, optioned out to make room for the return of Jose Reyes. "The fans and the guys in here basically fell in love with this guy," Mark Buehrle said..." June 26
Toronto Star "Munenori Kawasaki’s fate with the Blue Jays could become clear Sunday or Monday, but there’s no doubt the popular Japanese shortstop has left an indelible impression on his teammates and manager. In fact, that impression may be so great, it could become permanent. “He’s a great story,” Jays..." June 23
Toronto Star "Blue Jays fans looking to spice up baseball’s often-dreary midsummer classic have mounted a write-in campaign to send light-hitting, but energetic shortstop Munenori Kawasaki to the all-star game. The tongue-in-cheek campaign encourages fans to “look into their hearts” instead of poring over..." June 10
Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Mariners fans wailed when the team released Munenori Kawasaki after last season. They adored the bench-warming infielder’s attitude, heart and hustle on the baseball field; he was a bright light in a Seattle dugout that could, at times, be pretty dark. He was often seen dancing or doing..." May 02