Blue Jays sign Getz to Minor League deal

Former Royals infielder invited to Major League Spring Training

Blue Jays sign Getz to Minor League deal

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added some middle-infield depth on Thursday afternoon, signing veteran Chris Getz to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Getz spent the past four years with the Kansas City Royals and has appeared in parts of six seasons at the big league level. Most of his work has come at second base, but he also has the ability to play third and is a career .251 hitter in 449 games.

The signing came in part because of recommendations from Toronto manager John Gibbons and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. Both spent time with Getz during their stints in Kansas City.

"Great teammate, great guy, does the little things," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "His offensive performance in his career speaks for itself, but right now second base is most likely going to be the nine-hole bat in the lineup.

"The things he does bring is depth. He's going to come in and compete, but he can steal a base for you, he can do the little things -- contact bat, obviously there's no power there. The fact that he can come in and provide some competition for some of the other guys will be great."

Getz will receive an opportunity during Spring Training, but it seems unlikely that he will be able to crack the Major League roster. Rookie Ryan Goins and utility man Maicer Izturis are the favorites to receive playing time at second base, while Getz could start the year in Triple-A Buffalo.

The signing does fill an area of need, though, considering the lack of depth the organization has up the middle. Getz will join Munenori Kawasaki and Steve Tolleson as potential fill-ins in the event of and injury to Jose Reyes, Goins or Izturis.

The left-handed-hitting Getz posted a .220 average with eight extra-base hits and a .288 on-base percentage in 78 games for the Royals in 2013. His best season came in 2011, when he appeared in 118 games and hit .255 with a .600 OPS for Kansas City.

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.