Blue Jays sign Langerhans, Ortiz, Zawadzki

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Toronto has brought in two veterans and a middle infielder on minor-league deals.

The Toronto Blue Jays have added three players to their organization on minor-league deals, signing veteran outfielder Ryan Langerhans, right-hander Ramon Ortiz, and infielder Lance Zawadzki, report Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

Both Langerhans and Ortiz have invitations to spring training included in their deals. It is unknown whether Zawadzki's deal includes an invite as well.

Langerhans, 32, spent most of the 2012 season with the Angels' Triple-A squad, hitting .250/.369/.446 with 11 home runs in 96 games. The lefty slugger is a 10-year big-league veteran, but has not played more than 100 games in a season since 2007. A career .226/.332/.372 hitter, Langerhans is the most likely of the three to make the major-league roster out of camp.

Ortiz, 39, has not seen much big-league action in the last five years. The right-hander has thrown just 66⅓ innings in the big leagues since 2007, most of those coming in relief appearances. Ortiz spent all of 2012 at the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate and has not been a full-time starter in the pros since 2006, when he posted a 5.57 ERA with the Nationals.

Zawadzki, 27, bounced around between the Dodgers, Braves, and Cardinals in 2012, hitting .224/.262/.323 in 61 games between the organizations' various Triple-A affiliate. Drafted by the Padres in the fourth round of the 2007 Draft, The switch-hitter has had only one brief stint in the majors, hitting .200/.300/.257 in 20 games as a back-up infielder for San Diego in 2010.

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