Blue Jays promote Lansing’s pitching coach

The Lansing Lugnuts’ pitching coach reportedly has gotten a promotion.

Baseball scribe John Lott reported Monday that the Toronto Blue Jays promoted Jeff Ware, Lansing’s pitching coach the past two seasons, to the position of minor-league pitching coordinator, replacing Sal Fasano.

Ware coached in the Blue Jays farm system the past three seasons after seven years doing the same in the New York Yankees organization. During his playing career, he pitched in parts of two seasons in the major leagues for the Blue Jays.

Old Lugnuts find new teams

A pair of former Lugnuts players reached agreements with new teams.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Houston Astros. He briefly played for the Lugnuts in 1996, batting .143 (6-for-42) in 11 games.

LHP Marc Rzepczynski (pronounced “zep-CHIN-ski”, in case you didn’t know) signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Although he is a reliever now, “Scrabble” was a starter when he pitched for the Lugnuts in 2008. He went 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA, 124 strikeouts and 42 walks in 121 innings (22 starts).

The Mariners also signed RHP Casey Fien to a one-year contract. The veteran reliever pitched for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2007, going 6-1 with a 3.10 ERA, six saves, 77 strikeouts and 10 walks in 61 innings (39 relief appearances).

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