TORONTO UPI--When Bill Caudill got the word that reliever Gary Lavelle had been obtained by the Toronto Blue Jays, he figured it was just about the best news he had heard.
The best news for Caudill, by far, though, would be that the Blue Jays had come up with the figures necessary to get his signature on a long-term contract.
But when contacted on Monday at his home in Bellevue, Wash., Caudill had to make do with talk about the only Blue Jay he has seniority over--Lavelle.
"I think it's a great trade," Caudill said of Saturday's deal which made Lavelle a Blue Jay and sent right-handed pitcher Jim Gott and minor leaguers Jack McKnight and Augie Schmidt to the San Francisco Giants. "It will make my job a whole lot easier. Working together we should be able to nail down a lot of victories.