Toronto signed pitchers Geremi Gonzalez, Beau Kemp, Blaine Neal and outfielder Jeff Duncan, and also re-signed pitcher Brian Wolfe, infielder Kevin Barker and outfielder Chad Mottola.
Gonzalez split the 2006 season between the Mets and Brewers, going 4-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 24 appearances. The 31-year-old right-hander has pitched in 131 games, including 83 starts, since debuting with the Cubs in 1997. From 2003-05, Gonzalez spent time with the Devil Rays and Red Sox. The Blue Jays will represent his seventh organization in the last seven years.
Kemp pitched for Triple-A Rochester in Minnesota's system last year. The 26-year-old righty went 7-4 with a 2.32 ERA and three saves in 49 relief outings. Kemp, who was a 31st-round pick by the Twins in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, struck out 35 batters 89 1/3 innings in '06.
Last season, the 28-year-old Neal was 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 29 games with Double-A Altoona in Pittsburgh's organization. Since 2001, the right-hander has compiled 113 Major League games with four teams. Over that span, Neal went 5-4 with a 5.08 ERA.
Duncan hit .299 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 89 games for Triple-A Las Vegas in the Dodgers' system last season. The 27-year-old outfielder was drafted by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft and has appeared in 69 Major League games.
Wolfe, who was acquired from Milwaukee in January for third baseman Corey Koskie, posted a 2-7 record with a 5.83 ERA in 29 games between Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire in '06. The 25-year-old right-hander served as a starter with Dunedin, but worked primarily out of the bullpen with New Hampshire.
Last year, the Jays honored the 31-year-old Barker with a R. Howard Webster Award, which recognized him as the top player for Triple-A Syracuse. He hit .275 with 18 home runs, 76 RBIs and a club-record 39 doubles with the SkyChiefs. In September, Barker was promoted to Toronto, where he hit .235 in 12 games. Barker declined an outright assigment to Triple-A on Oct. 19 before re-signing the Minor League contract.
Mottola, 35, hit .265 with 16 home runs and 65 RBIs in 110 games with Triple-A Syracuse last year. He also played in 10 games for the Jays, hitting .250 with two doubles. In 1992, Cincinnati made Mottola the fifth overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft. Since then, he's spent time with eight organizations and has appeared in 59 big-league games.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.