Jays Sign McDonald to One-Year Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed IF John McDonald to a one-year contract, worth $500,000, for the 2006 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. The Jays also tendered contracts to all of their players for the 2006 season.

McDonald, 31, spent the first half of the 2005 season with Toronto before being traded to the Detroit Tigers on July 22 for cash considerations. The Blue Jays re-acquired McDonald from Detroit in exchange for cash considerations on November 10. The 5-11, 175 lb. right-handed hitter batted a combined .277 with a .326 on-base percentage, 16 RBI, 11 walks and 24 strikeouts. Defensively, he posted a .969 fielding percentage committing just eight errors in 264 chances.

In his seven Major League seasons, with the Cleveland Indians (1999-2004), Blue Jays (2005) and Tigers (2005), he is a career .241 hitter with four home runs and 49 RBI. The New London, Connecticut native was the Indians 12th round selection in the 1996 First Year Player Draft.

The Blue Jays now have six players remaining who are eligible for salary arbitration, RHP Pete Walker, 2B Orlando Hudson, IF Shea Hillenbrand, 1B Lyle Overbay and LHP's Ted Lilly and Scott Downs. All have been tendered contracts for the 2006 season.

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