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April 26, 2005

The Toronto Blue Jays have purchased the contract of C Ken Huckaby from the Syracuse SkyChiefs of the International League (AAA) after catcher Greg Myers elected free agency in lieu of accepting an assignment to Syracuse.

Myers, who turned 39 on April 14, has appeared in six games this season collecting one hit in 12 at bats (.083) with one RBI. The 6-2, 225 lb. left-handed hitter from Riverside, California is in his 18th Major League season after being selected by the Blue Jays in the third round of the June 1984 First Year Player Draft. In 1,108 Major League games, Myers has a .255 average with 150 doubles, seven triples, 87 home runs and 396 RBI.

Huckaby, 34, has played in nine games this season for Syracuse, batting .219. The 6-1, 220lb. right-handed hitter appeared in 20 games this spring for Toronto hitting .333 with four RBI after being signed to a minor league contract on January 10, 2005. In parts of four Major League seasons, Huckaby is a career .227 hitter with 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 24 RBI in 118 games. In 93 games with Toronto during the 2002 & 2003 seasons, he hit .243 with three home runs and 24 RBI.