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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Blue Jays reach 1-year deals with 3 players

Associated Press

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays agreed to one-year contracts Tuesday with infielder Jose Bautista and relievers Jason Frasor and Jeremy Accardo, avoiding salary arbitration with all three.

The 28-year-old Bautista gets $2.4 million after combining for 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 128 games with Pittsburgh and Toronto last year. He batted .238.

Frasor, 31, will make $1.45 million after going 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 49 appearances last season.

The 27-year-old Accardo agreed to a $900,000 deal with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses. He appeared in 16 games in 2008 before a forearm injury sidelined him for most of the season.

Relief pitchers Shawn Camp and Brian Tallet are the club's only remaining players in arbitration. Camp asked for $950,000 and was offered $700,000 by the Blue Jays. Tallet requested $1.3 million while the team proposed $950,000.