Type A free-agent reliever Scott Downs will reject the Toronto Blue Jays’ offer of salary arbitration, a major league source told FOXSports.com.
Downs has drawn interest from the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels, among others.
Downs, a 34-year-old left-hander, is not well-known to casual baseball fans, perhaps because he's pitched exclusively for Montreal and Toronto since 2003. He has relatively little experience as a closer.
However, teams have long coveted him on the trade market, in part because he's had success against difficult American League East lineups. He is likely to sign a multi-year contract as a free agent.
-Jon Paul Morosi