Baseball briefs – June 20

The Toronto Blue Jays signed shortstop Yunel Escobar to a two-year contract extension Sunday worth US$10 million.

Toronto extends Escobar

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays signed shortstop Yunel Escobar to a two-year contract extension Sunday worth US$10 million.

Escobar will receive $5 million in both 2012 and 2013. The deal includes two club options of $5 million for 2014 and 2015.

Heading into Sunday’s game with Cincinnati, the 28-year-old has appeared in 66 games this season, posting a .281 average with eight home runs and 26 RBIs.

Escobar, a native of Havana, Cuba, was acquired in 2010 along with left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes from the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Alex Gonzalez, lefty Tim Collins and infielder Tyler Pastornicky.

Escobar has batted .278 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs in 126 games as a Blue Jay. He has a career average of .288 with a total of 41 homers and 225 RBIs.


Marlins manager resigns

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has resigned with his team on a nine-game losing streak.

Bench coach Brandon Hyde will manage the Marlins against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, but the club will begin a search for an interim manager.

Rodriguez was in his first full season as the Marlins’ manager. He became interim manager June 23 of last year after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. He was given the job permanently five days later, becoming the first Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history. Florida went 46-46 under Rodriguez, who opened the season as the Marlins’ triple-A manager in New Orleans.

The Marlins fell to 1-17 in June with Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Rays.