Toronto Blue Jays general manager Gord Ash confirmed to the Toronto Sun on Saturday that the team was talking to Deion Sanders about the possibility of signing him. However, Sanders' agent said Sunday that neither the Blue Jays nor any other major league team has contacted his client about a contract offer since his release from the Reds last week, ESPN's John Clayton is reporting.
Ash told the newspaper the only way Sanders would join the Blue Jays is on a minor-league contract with no major-league commitments. But agent Eugene Parker said that Sanders will not breach his NFL contract with the Washington Redskins unless he is on a major league roster.
Ash indicated in the newspaper report that it was his understanding Sanders was not going to be playing football again and had decided to concentrate on baseball.
He also said in the report that the Blue Jays would know by Sunday whether Sanders would be joining the organization.
Sanders had been designated for assignment by the Reds on Friday when the team activated Ken Griffey Jr. off the disabled list. The two-sport star, who is still on the roster of the NFL's Washington Redskins, was hitting .173 in 32 games for the Reds.
He went 3-for-3 with a home run his first game May 1 against Los Angeles. But he had just 10 hits and one RBI from that point before being designated for assignment.