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Jays’ Brumfield Chooses Free Agency

October 20, 1999

TORONTO (AP) _ Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jacob Brumfield has elected to become a free agent after refusing a minor league assignment.

Toronto also released right-handed pitcher John Hudek and outrighted catcher Kevin Brown to the Syracuse of the International League on Wednesday.

Brumfield, 34, had two home runs and 19 RBIs in 62 games with the Jays after being claimed on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 7. He started 44 games for Toronto this season.

Hudek, 33, appeared in three games for Toronto and was 0-0 with a 12.27 earned-run average. He opened the 1999 season with Cincinnati, was traded to Atlanta on April 16 for Mark Wohlers and then signed a minor-league contract with Toronto on July 31 after being released by Atlanta.

In 12 games with Syracuse, he was 0-2 with a 5.50 ERA.

Brown, 26, spent the majority of 1999 season with Syracuse where he hit .258 in 88 games with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs. He appeared in two games for Toronto in May and went 4-for-9 with two doubles.

The Blue Jays also announced that Pat Kelly would return for a second season as manager of Syracuse.

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