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Travis Snider has been send down to AAA, thus leaving LF to Eric Thames.

Edit: Dustin McGowan has a new 2 + 1 year deal - 2013/2014 guaranteed ($1.5 per year) plus an option year in 2015 at $4 mil.
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Ken Rosenthal is tweeting that MLB has expanded the playoffs from eight to ten teams, starting in the 2012 season. The official announcement will occur tomorrow. Any further details will be noted as they become available.
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The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Rick VandenHurk to a non-guaranteed split major league deal.  Fellow righty Alan Farina, reocvering from Tommy John surgery, has been put on the 60-Day Disabled List to make room.
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I thought this was a great interview, and not just for the Toronto content. In this interview Dirk talks about the tough time he had in Toronto with half of the Jays roster. He is currently working on his third book which will cover his time in Toronto and he is very mad at some Blue Jays. The interview suggests the stress caused Dirk to self medicate to some extent and get into a very difficult personal situation. It's worth the read.
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ESPN New York says the Binghamton Mets of the Double-A Eastern League will be relocating to Ottawa in time for the 2013 season.  Could this mean there will be a second Canadian affiliate for the Blue Jays minor league system?
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BlueJays.com, via Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, says the Jays have signed free-agent reliever Francisco Cordero to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million.

36 year-old Francisco Cordero was 5-3 with a 2.45 earned run average and saved 37 games with the Reds in 2011.

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Tim Brown/Jon Heyman reports that Prince Fielder has signed with the Tigers for $214 million over 9 years. That's just shy of $24 million a year, or about $1.2 million less than Albert Pujols received on an annual basis.

Fielder will reportedly play first base, while Miguel Cabrera will move (to DH or Left Field, presumably.)
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Ken Rosenthal has just tweeted that the Blue Jays have signed potential Hall of Fame shortstop Omar Vizquel. Details and links forthcoming -- if you see them, add them in a comment!

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And here's the ESPN.com news story -- interesting, his profile on the Worldwide Leader now lists him as a third baseman. And by the way, he's less than 150 hits away from 3,000 (I had no idea!), so if he manages to play a lot, a milestone is at least possible ...

Shi Davidi tweets that the Jays and Brandon Morrow are set to announce......
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Blue Jays web site now lists 23 Non-Roster Invitees for 2012 Spring training.  The list includes 13 Pitchers and 10 Position players.
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