TORONTO — Left-handed reliever Steve Howe, who has had a history of drug use, is expected to be signed by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail.
"The chances are excellent that Steve will be with the Jays within a week to 10 days," said John Lence, Howe's agent, who said he spent the last three days in negotiations at his Montana home with Gord Ash, the Blue Jay director of player personnel.
However, Toronto Executive Vice President Pat Gillick denied the club is on the verge of signing Howe.
"He (Lence) called to give us some more information on how Steve has been doing," Gillick said. "They were definitely not negotiations. Lence is just trying to create some interest in his client."
Howe, 28, who has gone through drug rehabilitation on four occasions, currently is pitching for the San Jose Bees of the Class A California League.