BLUE JAYS SIGN VILLANUEVA, KELLY JOHNSON AND FRANCISCO

By on January 17, 2012

courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays

Carlos Villanueva durning a rehab assignment (photo by Eddie Michels)

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed RHP CARLOS VILLANUEVA to a one year contract worth US $2,277,500 million dollars for the 2012 season.   VILLANUEVA, 28, appeared in 33 games (13 starts) for the Blue Jays last season, posting a 6-4 record with a 4.04 ERA. The Dominican Republic native is a career 26-28 with a 4.28 ERA in 263 games (40 starts) with Milwaukee and Toronto.  

 2B KELLY JOHNSON was signed to a one year contract worth US $6,375,000 million dollars and OF BEN FRANCISCO to a one year contract worth US $1,537,500 million dollars.   JOHNSON, 29, was acquired on August 23 of last season from Arizona and posted a .270 average with three home runs and nine RBI in a Blue Jays uniform. In 791 career games, the Austin, Texas native has recorded a .260 average with a .343 on-base percentage and a .441 slugging percentage with Atlanta, Arizona and Toronto.   FRANCISCO, 30, was acquired by the Blue Jays from Philadelphia on December 12, 2011 and will make his Blue Jays debut in 2012. The Santa Ana, California native batted .240 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 2011 for the Phillies and owns a .260 lifetime average with 45 home runs and 174 RBI over five seasons. The Blue Jays have two arbitration eligible players that remain unsigned (Casey Janssen and Brandon Morrow).

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