Fasano files for free agency
Veteran catcher still may return to Blue Jays
TORONTO -- Adding depth behind the plate is a goal this winter for the Blue Jays, and Sal Fasano helped provide just that during this past season. On Tuesday, the veteran catcher filed for free agency, but a return to Toronto isn't out of the question.
The Blue Jays have exclusive negotiating rights with Fasano until Nov. 12, when free agents can begin discussing possible contracts with any team. Fasano became the third Toronto player in the past two days to file for free agency, joining outfielder Matt Stairs and left-hander Joe Kennedy.
Toronto is in the market this offseason for a backup to starting catcher Gregg Zaun, but Fasano likely would fit in more as a third option -- the same role he filled last year. The Jays signed the 36-year-old Fasano to a Minor League deal last winter, and he only saw a limited amount of playing time at the big league level.
Fasano, who is a veteran of 10 Major League seasons, only appeared in 16 games for the Blue Jays, hitting .178 with one home run and four RBIs. He spent a majority of the season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he hit .262 with eight homers and 14 RBIs over 47 games.
Fasano was promoted to the Jays in April when Zaun suffered a broken right hand. On June 13, Fasano was designated for assignment and later returned to Triple-A, while rookie Curtis Thigpen moved into the backup role behind Zaun. Fasano returned to Toronto as part of September callups, but an ailing left knee kept him out of any games over the final month.
At the end of the season, Fasano underwent surgery to clean up his knee, which was injured during a collision at home plate during a Minor League game in August. The injury wasn't considered too serious, and Fasano is expected to be ready to go by Spring Training. Whether or not he'll join the Jays again in Florida remains to be seen.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.