Angels send Devon White to Jays in 6-player deal

December 03, 1990|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Toronto Blue Jays and California Angels broke the trading logjam at the winter meetings last night, completing a six-player deal that included two-time Gold Glove winner Devon White.

White, relief pitcher Willie Fraser and a minor-league player to be named were dealt to the Blue Jays for second baseman Luis Sojo, outfielder Junior Felix and a player to be named.

Though White ranks fourth on the Angels' all-time list with 123 stolen bases and is considered one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, he fell out of favor with manager Doug Rader and spent part of last season in the minor leagues. He batted just .217 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI.

The Blue Jays were looking for a center fielder to replace the 34-year-old Mookie Wilson. The Angels needed a second baseman to replace Johnny Ray, another player who spent time in the Rader doghouse last year.

Sojo, 24, batted .296 for Toronto's Class AAA club at Syracuse before he was called up by the Blue Jays on July 14. He batted .225 in a very limited major league role.

Fraser appeared in 45 games last year for the Angels and had a career-best 3.09 earned run average. He was 5-2 with two saves and a 2.07 ERA in his final 38 appearances of the year.

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