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Reed, Register sign Minors deals

Reed, Register sign Minors deals

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added more organizational depth on Tuesday, signing outfielder Jeremy Reed and right-hander Steve Register to Minor League contracts that include invitations to attend Spring Training with the big league club.

After spending five seasons with the Mariners, the 28-year-old Reed spent 2009 with the New York Mets, hitting .242 over 126 games. Over the course of his career, the left-handed hitter has batted .255 with 11 homers and 107 RBIs in 462 games.

Earlier this offseason, Toronto inked outfielder Joey Gathright to a similar Minor League deal. Reed and Gathright will likely compete for a backup outfield role on the Opening Day roster.

Register, 26, split last season between the Rockies and Phillies organizations. He appeared in one game with Philadelphia and finished a combined 2-5 with a 3.92 ERA at Triple-A over 50 relief appearances. Originally selected in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Rockies, Register was claimed off waivers by the Phillies last May.

Jordan Bastian 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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