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Blue Jays extend contracts of scouting and baseball department personnel04/16/2007 1:32 PM ET
The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have reached three-year contract extensions, through the 2010 season, with TONY LaCAVA, Director Player Personnel, DICK SCOTT, Director Player Development, JON LALONDE, Director Scouting, SAL BUTERA, Special Assistant to the GM & CHARLIE WILSON, Manager Minor League Operations.
LaCAVA joined the Toronto Blue Jays on October 15, 2002 and was promoted to his current position on July 30, 2003. The 45 year old native of Pittsburgh, PA, began scouting in 1989 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim following his playing career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has also worked for the Atlanta Braves (2000), the Montreal Expos (2001) and the Cleveland Indians (2002) before finding a home with the Blue Jays in 2002.
SCOTT, 44, is in his in his sixth season with Toronto after accepting his current position on November 28, 2001 and in doing so, was one of the first additions to the Baseball Operations Department under J.P. Ricciardi. The former infielder appeared in three Major League games for the Oakland A's (1989 & 1990) as part of a ten year playing career before accepting a position to manage in the minors for the Athletics in 1991. In 1994 the Ellsworth, Maine native was named Minor League Manager of the Year by USA Today. Scott then joined the Arizona Diamondbacks where he was a minor league manager in 1997 and their Major League Advance Scout (1998-2001) before joining Toronto.
LALONDE, 30, was named to his current position, Director, Scouting in 2003 and in doing so became the first Canadian to serve in that capacity in club history. The Midland, Ontario native joined the Blue Jays in November 1999 in the Corporate Partnerships Department before moving to Baseball Operations in 2001 as a Scouting Coordinator.
BUTERA, 54, is in his 11th season with the Blue Jays after joining the club in 1996 as the Major League Advance Scout. Before being named to his current position in October, 2005, he served as the Major League Scout from 1996 to 2005 with the exception of the 1998 season when he was the Major League Bullpen coach. The Richmond Hill, New York played parts of nine Major League seasons from 1980 to 1989 with the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds and the Toronto Blue Jays.
WILSON, 34, is in his fourth season in his current role as Manager, Minor League Operations. He first joined the organization in 1993 in Public Relations Department where he worked on a seasonal basis until 1996 while completing his education at Bishops University. Upon graduation accepted the position of Baseball Assistant in the Baseball Operations Department. The Toronto, Ontario native was promoted to Scouting Coordinator in December 2000 and to his current position on August 20, 2003.
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