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Sports Toronto Blue Jays sign five free agents to minor-league contracts

21:51  02 december  2019
21:51  02 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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TORONTO — Pitchers Phillippe Aumont, A.J. Cole and Justin Miller headline a handful of free agents the Blue Jays signed to minor - league contracts on The righty has spent five seasons in the major leagues, having also pitched for the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies compiling a 4.43 ERA, a

The Toronto Blue Jays did a little bit of housekeeping ahead of Monday’s non-tender deadline by announcing a batch of minor - league free agents they’ll Andy Burns INF - Burns is a familiar name to many Blue Jays fans as he spent six years in the team’s system from 2011 to 2016 and even made a

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TORONTO — Pitchers Phillippe Aumont, A.J. Cole and Justin Miller headline a handful of free agents the Blue Jays signed to minor-league contracts on Monday with invitations to Toronto's Major League spring training.

The Blue Jays also signed second baseman Andy Burns and outfielder Patrick Kivlehan.

Aumont, a 30-year-old right-hander from Gatineau, Que., spent last season with the Ottawa Champions of the independent Can-Am League. He made 18 starts and finished with an 8-4 record and a 2.65 earned-run average, while also recording six complete games and 145 strikeouts over 118 2/3 innings of work. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2012-15.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitchers Claudio Vargas, Richard Thompson and Juan Perez and infielders Eugenio Velez and Luis Jimenez to minor - league contracts with invitations to major-league spring training. Vargas, a 34-year-old right-hander, spent the 2012 season with Triple-A Nashville.

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The 27-year-old Cole had a 3.81 ERA while making 25 appearances for the Cleveland Indians last season. The six-foot-five, 238-pound, right-handed pitcher struck out 30 batters and issued eight walks in 26 innings of work before being placed on the injured list with a right shoulder impingement from Aug. 10 through the end of the season.

Miller, 32, posted a 4.02 ERA across 15.2 innings pitched for the Washington Nationals last season. The righty has spent five seasons in the major leagues, having also pitched for the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies compiling a 4.43 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, 54 walks and 159 strikeouts over 156.1 innings.

The 29-year-old Burns hit .275 with 17 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs, and 63 runs batted in across 118 games for triple-A Buffalo last season. He was selected by Toronto in the 11th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and played 10 games for the Blue Jays in 2016.

Kivlehan, 29, played 90 games for Buffalo last season, hitting .247 with 13 doubles, three triples, and 25 home runs. He also played for triple-A Indianapolis and double-A New Hampshire in 2019.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2019.

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