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Blue Jays sign Brad Penny, Wade LeBlanc to minor-league deals

The two veterans will provide rotation depth for Toronto.

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The Blue Jays have signed pitchers Brad Penny and Wade LeBlanc to minor-league contracts, as first reported by Jerry Crasnick of Both pitchers will compete for major-league roster spots during spring training.

Toronto has been busy adding pitching this winter, having signed Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ to multi-year deals before adding Penny and LeBlanc on Thursday. The Jays are said to be actively looking for more starting pitching on the free-agent market, and could still make a major-league addition, according to sources.

LeBlanc, a lefty, spent last year with the Seibu Lions in Japan, posting a 4.23 ERA in eight starts after appearing with the Angels and Yankees in 2014. He is the owner of a lifetime 21-33 record and 4.47 ERA in parts of seven major-league seasons with the Padres (2008-11), Marlins (2012-13), Astros (2013), Angels (2014) and Yankees (2014).

Penny, has made only eight major-league appearances in the last three seasons and posted a 4.46 ERA in 24 starts with the White Sox' Triple-A affiliate last season. He is a veteran of 14 major-league seasons and was named to the NL All-Star team in 2006 and 2007 as a member of the Dodgers.