Updated: Gators in Transactions

Pitcher Justin Shafer of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. [AP Photo/John Minchillo]

[Updated 8-20-18, 1 p.m.] Former UF standouts in professional sports:


Aug. 11

Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters — Signed left-handed pitcher Paco Rodriguez, who was playing in the Minnesota Twins farm system since May, but after a 4.62 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 19 strikeouts over 25 innings at Double-A Chattanooga, he was released earlier this month. Rodriguez is a former second-round pick of the Dodgers in 2012 out of UF but hasn’t pitched in the majors leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015.


Aug. 8

Alliance of American Football League’s San Antonio franchise – Signed QB Austin Appleby, who was an undrafted free agent in 2017 before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. He was released before the start of the preseason. Appleby had a tryout with the Los Angeles Rams earlier this year but was not signed.

Aug. 13

Washington Redskins — Reached an injury (undisclosed) settlement with linebacker Alex McCalister, who is now a free agent. He has been in the NFL for two seasons, but has not played a down.

McCalister was waived/injured last week and reverted to injured reserve after clearing waivers. The 24-year-old is free to join another team once healthy.

Aug. 17

Alliance of American Football

Orlando — Signed defensive end Earl Okine, wide receiver Frankie Hammond, running back Mark Herndon.  Former UF QB Tyler Murphy, who transferred to Boston College, was also signed.

Toronto Blue Jays — Purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer from Buffalo. He pitched one scoreless inning in his big league debut in a 10-2 loss Sunday to New York at Yankee Stadium.




  1. I wished McCalister had stuck around another year to develop. He was so fast off of the edge. He probably made the right choice by leaving early, seeing as the players weren’t being developed properly from a mental and physical standpoint. I hope he gets healthy and cashes in on some of that potential.