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Blue Jays Sign Nelson Figueroa

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-handed pitcher Nelson Figueroa to a minor-league contract, with an invite to Spring Training. If he cracks the major-league roster, Figueroa will earn a $650K base salary.

Figueroa, 37, spent 2011 with the Houston Astros, where he was a disaster in 29 innings. In eight appearances, five of them starts, he put up a 8.69 ERA, 2.103 WHIP, and a 1.06 K/BB ratio. Baseball-Reference had him at -1.7 wins above replacement on the season, which is a pretty remarkable feat considering how little he pitched.

In any event, he was a quality pitcher as recently as 2010, when he pitched to a 123 ERA+ in 93 innings. Throughout his nine-year career, he's been used as both a starter and reliever, with a total 4.55 ERA/4.80 FIP/4.70 xFIP.