Jays sign 13 players to 2005 contracts

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Friday that they have agreed to one-year contracts with the 13 players on their 40-man roster.

Shortstop Russ Adams, as well as right hand pitcher Brandon League, left hand pitcher Gustavo Chacin, and first baseman Eric Crozier all signed Friday to one-year deals and have a legitimate chance of opening the 2005 season with Toronto.

The other players that agreed to one-year deals include: right-hand pitchers Jason Arnold, Ryan Glynn, Dustin McGowan, Ismael Ramirez, Francisco Rosario, outfielders John-Ford Griffin, Miguel Negron, third baseman John Hattig Jr. and catcher Guillermo Quiroz.

Adams batted .306 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 22 games last season and is expected to be the team starting shortstop for 2005.
Chacin made his major league debut last season in September and started two games going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. The right-hander is expected to compete with Josh Towers for the final spot in the Jays rotation this spring.

League, the hard-throwing jewel of the Jays minor league system, is expected to compete for a bullpen spot this March. He appeared in three games last September allowing no runs, three hits, one walk and striking out two batters.

Crozier, who was acquired in a trade last summer, batted .292 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI between Triple-A Syracuse and Triple-A Buffalo. He appeared in 14 games with the Jays in September as he hit .152 (5-33) with 2 home runs and 4 RBI.

Financial terms were not disclosed, however, Russ Adams is expected to have received the biggest contract out of the 13 players as he will be making approximately $310,000 in 2005.

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