Domonic Brown to Blue Jays: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 25, 2016

Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown in action during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 9-3. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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The Toronto Blue Jays signed 2013 All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown on Thursday to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, per Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

Brown spent the first six years of his big league career as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, who drafted him in the 20th round of the 2006 MLB draft.

He was named to his first All-Star team three seasons ago after having career highs of 27 home runs, 83 RBI and a .272 batting average.

"Bring him into camp and see what he can do, see what he's got left," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, per Chisholm. "More depth, that's one thing we've been concentrated on, adding depth at different positions this year in the organization, and we'll see how it all works out."

Domonic Brown: Career by the Numbers
SeasonGames PlayedBatting AverageHome RunsRBI
201035.210213
201156.245519
201256.235526
2013139.2722783
2014144.2351063
201563.228525
Baseball-Reference.com

Chisholm noted Brown could be in play for backup left fielder behind current starter Michael Saunders. Brown has a career fielding percentage of .982 and committed 13 errors as a member of the Philadelphia outfield.

Brown is an athletic outfielder with great speed, and he could revive his career in Toronto. The reigning American League East champions led the majors in runs scored with 891, almost 130 more than the next team, the New York Yankees

Toronto fields a team with the reigning AL MVP, Josh Donaldson, and power hitters Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. Adding a guy with speed like Brown can be a difference-maker for the Blue Jays.

 

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