Blue Jays put Navarro on block after Martin signing

'Strong interest' in catcher after bounce-back season for Toronto

Blue Jays put Navarro on block after Martin signing

TORONTO -- Alex Anthopoulos rarely shows his hand, but even the Blue Jays' general manager must have realized there's no point in hiding that Dioner Navarro is on the trading block.

Anthopoulos was open and honest about the availability of his veteran catcher following Thursday's news conference to introduce Russell Martin. With Martin under contract for the next five years at $82 million, the Blue Jays are taking calls on their former starter.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Martin comes home, officially joins Blue Jays

Anthopoulos cites durability, leadership qualities during news conference

Martin comes home, officially joins Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Russell Martin will go down as one of the best Canadian baseball players of all time, but now he has an opportunity to make an impact north of the border in more ways than one.

The Blue Jays officially unveiled their star recruit during an introductory news conference on Thursday afternoon. It was an almost surreal moment for the three-time All-Star, who was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal before making a name for himself in the United States.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays 'moving forward' but no offers imminent

GM Anthopoulos calls Sandoval speculation 'misinformation'

Blue Jays 'moving forward' but no offers imminent

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos did his best on Thursday afternoon to pour cold water on the rumors that Toronto could be on the verge of landing another big-name free agent.

Anthopoulos met with the media at the introductory news conference to announce the signing of Russell Martin to a five-year contract worth $82 million. One of the hot topics was what's next for the Blue Jays, and while recent reports have indicated another major move could be happening soon, Anthopoulos insisted that's not the case.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tepera fills out Blue Jays' roster ahead of Rule 5 Draft

Right-hander appeared in 51 games for Triple-A Buffalo

Tepera fills out Blue Jays' roster ahead of Rule 5 Draft

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added right-hander Ryan Tepera to the 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon to protect the 27-year-old from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft in December.

Tepera appeared in 51 games for Triple-A Buffalo this season and posted a respectable 3.66 ERA. The native of Texas struck out 67 and walked 24 in 64 innings in his first full season as a reliever.

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Jim Callis

Pompey ranks among top prospects from AFL

Pompey ranks among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Navarro out to prove critics wrong again

Coming off strong season, veteran loses catching job to free-agent addition Martin

Navarro out to prove critics wrong again

TORONTO -- Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro proved a lot of his critics wrong in 2014, but now he'll have to do it all over again.

Navarro lost his starting job behind the plate earlier this week when Toronto signed free-agent catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays may get involved in talks with Sandoval

Blue Jays may get involved in talks with Sandoval

On the same day Pablo Sandoval left Boston, reports are surfacing that the Blue Jays may have interest in the free-agent third baseman.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo tweeted that Toronto is interested in Sandoval.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hale, Farrell and Francona thrilled to reunite in Japan

Farrell, Francona and Hale thrilled to reunite at All-Star Series in Japan

Hale, Farrell and Francona thrilled to reunite in Japan

SAPPORO, Japan -- Halfway around the world, in vast domes bearing little resemblance to baseball stadiums back home, John Farrell, Terry Francona and DeMarlo Hale hunkered down together in clubhouse after clubhouse. Each day, they had opportunities to talk about their strange surroundings. They had chances to compare their favorite types of sushi. They had plenty of time to discuss the weather.

Mostly, though, their minds stayed elsewhere.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Martin's backloaded deal gives Toronto payroll flexibility

To fill other needs, Blue Jays could move Navarro, Happ or Estrada, among others

Martin's backloaded deal gives Toronto payroll flexibility

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays opened the vault this week by signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin to a five-year contract worth $82 million, but it's the structure of his deal that's of equal importance to the overall value.

Martin's contract is heavily backloaded to provide Toronto with additional flexibility over the next two years. The veteran backstop will make $7 million in 2015 and $15 million in '16 before his salary jumps to $20 million over the final three years.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays hire Jacoby to be new hitting coach

Blue Jays hire Jacoby to be new hitting coach

TORONTO -- For the fourth time in as many years, the Blue Jays hired a new hitting coach, officially coming to terms with Brook Jacoby on Monday morning.

Jacoby spent seven seasons (2007-13) as the hitting coach in Cincinnati. More recently, he was the Minor League assistant hitting coordinator in the Rangers' system.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays land free-agent catcher Martin

Five-year contract worth $82 million

Blue Jays land free-agent catcher Martin

The Blue Jays took the baseball world by surprise on Monday morning when it was learned they had agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Russell Martin on a five-year contract, and on Tuesday they formally announced the signing of the three-time All-Star.

The deal will net Martin $82 million over five years -- the largest free-agent contract during general manager Alex Anthopoulos' tenure with Toronto. Prior to the Martin signing, Anthopoulos had never gone more than three years or $16 million in total value on any free-agent contract.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Martin signing necessary, corrects past mistake

In acquiring top-notch backstop, Blue Jays paying for letting Gomes go

Martin signing necessary, corrects past mistake

For a born-and-bred Canuck, for easily the top catcher in the free-agent class (if not the only viable everyday option in the free-agent class), for a guy whose pitch-framing, game-calling prowess, offensive impact and conditioning diligence make him a better bet than most to age gracefully behind the plate, for an organization that needs to have a win-now mentality, the five-year, $82 million commitment the Blue Jays have made to Russell Martin makes sense.

If only it weren't necessary in the first place.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Five other Canadians who also returned to their roots

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Five other Canadians who also returned to their roots

On Monday, the Blue Jays inked Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract, getting a powerful and patient batter, a master at the art of pitch framing, a terrific beard-grower and, coincidentally, a Canadian citizen.

The Blue Jays have cornered the market on Canadian pitch-callers, having recently employed George Kottaras from Scarborough, Ontario and the Vancouver-born Mike Nickeas. With both now free agents, Toronto clearly had no choice but to sign the 32-year-old Martin who was born a 15-minute drive from Toronto in East York, Ontario.

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Travis excited for chance to start at second in '15

Acquired from Tigers, Blue Jays' No. 9 prospect to compete with Goins, Izturis

Travis excited for chance to start at second in '15

TORONTO -- Devon Travis' path to the Major Leagues was blocked in Detroit, but Wednesday night's trade to the Blue Jays has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the promising infield prospect.

Travis appears to be Toronto's second baseman of the future -- and possibly even the present -- after he was dealt to the Blue Jays in exchange for center fielder Anthony Gose.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jays' Berti homers in final Fall League game

Prospect goes 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored for Mesa in tie game

Jays' Berti homers in final Fall League game

MESA, Ariz. -- Blue Jays prospect Jon Berti would have liked to give Mesa its second walk-off victory in consecutive days, but it was not meant to be.

With one out and the winning run in scoring position, Berti drew a walk to extend the game, but Glendale and Mesa ultimately played to a 4-4 tie in Thursday's Arizona Fall League finale.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Callis: Blue Jays' Nolin delivers impressive AFL start

Callis: Blue Jays' Nolin delivers impressive AFL start

MESA, Ariz. -- On the final day of the Arizona Fall League regular season, the Peoria Javelinas and Surprise Saguaros met in a winner-take-all game to decide the Western Division title. The Salt River Rafters already had clinched the East, but their game against the Scottsdale Scorpions gave Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario a chance to lock up the batting title.

Nothing of consequence was on the line in the third game on Thursday, which ended in a 4-4 deadlock between the Glendale Desert Dogs and Mesa Solar Sox after 11 innings. But that contest did feature five innings of work from two of the most promising left-handers in the AFL, Mesa's Sean Nolin (Blue Jays) and Glendale's Wei-Chung Wang (Brewers).

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Toronto sends Gose to Tigers for prospect Travis

Second baseman will compete for starting job on Blue Jays next season

Toronto sends Gose to Tigers for prospect Travis

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays potentially found their second baseman of the future by acquiring Devon Travis from the Tigers late Wednesday night in exchange for outfielder Anthony Gose.

The move fills an area of need for Toronto, while also paving the way for Dalton Pompey to take over everyday duties in center field. The deal was officially announced at the annual General Managers Meetings, which took place this week in Phoenix.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays announce Spring Training schedule

Blue Jays announce Spring Training schedule

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will open their 2015 Grapefruit League season on March 3 with a home game against the Pirates. Toronto will play 32 games during Spring Training, with 15 of those taking place at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.

All four American League East rivals will make at least one stop in Dunedin. The Orioles will play three games at Toronto's home Spring Training ballpark, the Rays will play twice, while the Yankees and Red Sox will each make one appearance.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays sign four pitchers to Minor League deals

Blue Jays sign four pitchers to Minor League deals

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays announced Tuesday that they have signed right-hander Scott Copeland to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Copeland split last season between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. He went a combined 11-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 31 games (26 starts).

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Melky rejects Blue Jays' qualifying offer

Melky rejects Blue Jays' qualifying offer

TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera officially rejected the Blue Jays' $15.3 million qualifying offer for the 2015 season on Monday afternoon.

Cabrera had until 5 p.m. ET to inform the league and organization of his decision. The move hardly comes as a surprise and had been a foregone conclusion since the Blue Jays made the offer last week.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lind trade gives Blue Jays freedom to fill holes

Club has several positions to address, and move allows it some flexibility

Lind trade gives Blue Jays freedom to fill holes

TORONTO -- When the Blue Jays parted ways with Adam Lind earlier this month, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said one of the main reasons behind the deal was an increased need for roster "flexibility."

Anthopoulos used the term eight times during a 20-minute availability with reporters after Lind was sent to Milwaukee for right-hander Marco Estrada on Nov. 1. The move cleared upwards of $7.5 million in additional payroll and also opened a spot on the roster that could be filled in a variety of ways.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bautista picks up third career Silver Slugger Award

Bautista picks up third career Silver Slugger Award

TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been honored with a Silver Slugger Award for the third time in his career.

The Silver Slugger is handed out annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American and National Leagues. Bautista officially received the award Thursday night along with fellow AL outfielders Mike Trout and Michael Brantley.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays, Double-A Fisher Cats extend deal

New Hampshire to serve as affiliate through 2018

Blue Jays, Double-A Fisher Cats extend deal

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have extended their player development contract with Double-A New Hampshire through the 2018 season.

Toronto officially announced the deal on Wednesday morning. The two sides previously had an agreement through 2016, but the latest contract extends that for an additional two years.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Pipeline Perspectives: Pompey best speedster in Arizona

Blue Jays center-field prospect has more complete set of skills

Pipeline Perspectives: Pompey best speedster in Arizona

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

The Arizona Fall League is known for speeding talented prospects to the Major Leagues.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jays' Berti gets bat going in Fall League play

Prospect goes 4-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored in win for Mesa

Jays' Berti gets bat going in Fall League play

MESA, Ariz. -- After scoring a total of three runs in its past two games, the Mesa Solar Sox offense broke out in a big way Wednesday.

The Solar Sox, fueled by a seven-run sixth, collected 13 hits and defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs, 11-2. 

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays, Reds to play exhibitions in Montreal

Two-game set will be second straight year Toronto plays at Olympic Stadium

Blue Jays, Reds to play exhibitions in Montreal

TORONTO -- For the second consecutive year, Major League Baseball is returning to Montreal.

The Blue Jays will host the Reds at Olympic Stadium on April 3-4 for a pair of exhibition games at the end of Spring Training. The two-game set was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon, and it comes on the heels of a very successful series between the Blue Jays and Mets earlier this year.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lind caught off guard by trade to Brewers, but excited

Toronto sent first baseman to Milwaukee in exchange for righty Estrada

Lind caught off guard by trade to Brewers, but excited

TORONTO -- Adam Lind was expecting the call, but when Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos reached out on Saturday morning, it was the nature of their conversation that caught the nine-year veteran completely off guard.

Lind had been waiting for official confirmation that Toronto would be picking up its $7.5 million club option on him for the 2015 season. It's the type of situation he had grown accustomed to after signing a four-year deal with three options prior to 2010.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays acquire Estrada from Brewers for Lind

Blue Jays acquire Estrada from Brewers for Lind

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made their first big move of the offseason on Saturday afternoon by acquiring right-hander Marco Estrada from the Brewers in a trade for Adam Lind.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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