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Jays GM: Accardo 'No. 1' option in Hillenbrand trade

TORONTO -- Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi
said Saturday he was happy with what he got from the
San Francisco Giants in exchange for Shea Hillenbrand, a player he designated for
assignment.

Late Friday night, Ricciardi traded Hillenbrand and reliever
Vinnie Chulk to the Giants for reliever Jeremy Accardo. Hillenbrand
was designated for assignment during Wednesday's game after writing
"play for yourself" on a board the Blue Jays use to post batting
practice times. He later wrote the "ship is sinking" before
manager John Gibbons challenged him to a fight during a team
meeting.

Ricciardi faced questions about what he could get for a player
he designated for assignment, but he said seven teams were
interested.

The 24-year-old Accardo went 1-3 with three saves and a 4.91 ERA
in 38 games with San Francisco. The hard-throwing right-hander
struck out 40 and walked 11 in 40 1/3 innings.

"This was actually the No. 1 guy that we wanted to get so it
worked out good for us," Ricciardi said. "He's young. He's got an
option. He's controllable financially. Going forward if we lose
guys in our bullpen we got another young arm in our bullpen."

The Giants assumed the $2 million that was left on Hillenbrand's
contract.

"If you want to look at this trade from a baseball standpoint
it's Accardo for Chulk and Hillenbrand for $2 million dollars in
savings," Ricciardi said. "That's how we are looking at it."

Ricciardi said they could use the money to acquire a player
before the July 31 trade deadline.

Hillenbrand was unhappy with his role as the team's primary
designated hitter and hated being left out of the starting lineup
11 times this season.

Hillenbrand also was upset because he felt the Blue Jays were
not sensitive that he needed several days to complete the adoption
of a baby girl on the West Coast over the weekend. The DH and
corner infielder was not in the starting lineup when he returned.

"We wish them all well. We hope they all find happiness,"
Gibbons said with a smirk.