The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted Andrew Tinnish to assistant general manager and obtained minor-league pitcher Sean O’Sullivan from the Kansas City Royals.
The Blue Jays, who begin a three-game series in Florida Friday night against the Miami Marlins, also announced on Thursday that they have promoted Brian Parker to director of amateur scouting, taking over Tinnish’s old job.
The new arrangement gives Alex Anthopoulos, Toronto’s senior vice-president and general manager, three assistants – Tinnish, Tony LaCava and Jay Sartori.
Tinnish, a native of Nepean, Ont., started his career with the Blue Jays as an intern in 2001 after attending Brock University. He was named baseball operations assistant in 2002.
Tinnish then worked as an area scout before being named scouting co-ordinator in 2003, assistant scouting director in 2006 and director of amateur scouting in October of 2009.
Parker joined the Blue Jays in 2009 as a professional scout after serving as director of baseball operations for the Washington Nationals.
O’Sullivan, acquired for cash from the Royals, is a 24-year-old right-hander who was part of the Kansas City rotation in 2010 and 2011. He hasn’t pitched at the major-league level this year.
Over four years for the Los Angeles Angels and the Royals, he has a record of 10-14 with a 6.13 ERA in 43 games.
The Blue Jays also announced they have optioned right-hander Joel Carreno to Triple-A Las Vegas. Triple-A right-hander David Pauley will be added to the Jays’ roster on Friday.