Blue Jays pick up club option on Smoak, decline club option on Solarte

Justin Smoak

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised their US$8-million club option on first baseman Justin Smoak and have declined the $5.5-million club option on infielder Yangervis Solarte. The Blue Jays announced the moves Wednesday evening on Twitter. Smoak had a breakout season in 2017, batting .270 with 38 home runs and 90 runs batted in. He remained productive in 2018 with a .242 average, 25 homers and 77 RBIs. Solarte batted .226 with 17 homers and 54 RBIs. The Jays say Solarte will remain on the 40-man roster andRead More

Male, female or X? Oregon adds third option to driver’s licenses | Reuters

Oregon on Thursday became the first U.S. state to allow residents to identify as neither male nor female on state driver’s licenses, a decision that transgender advocates called a victory for civil rights. Under a policy unanimously adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission, residents can choose to have an “X,” for non-specified, displayed on their driver’s license or identification cards rather than an “M” for male or “F” for female. The policy change was cheered by supporters as a major step in expanding legal recognition and civil rights for peopleRead More