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Jays Sign James Baldwin


The Blue Jays recently came to terms on a minor-league contract with right-hander James Baldwin. Much like the contracts handed out to Jason Phillips and Ben Weber, this a very low-risk signing. If Baldwin makes the team, he'll earn a $450,000 contract in '06; if he fails to impress in spring training, he'll fail to make the opening day roster.

At this point, Baldwin is a journeyman pitcher who has played for seven (yes,seven) different teams since 2001. Although he was somewhat successful with the Orioles at the beginning of '05, much like the rest of the team, he faded in a hurry. With Toronto's pitching depth and the limited amount of roster spots available, Balwin's chances of making the squad are very limited.