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Blue Jays sign Andy LaRoche01/30/2013 4:01 PM ET
The Toronto Blue Jays today announced that they have signed 1B/3B ANDY LAROCHE to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.
LaRoche, 29, split last season with the Columbus Clippers and the Pawtucket Red Sox and hit .251 (82-327) with 20 doubles, 12 home runs and 41RBI in 96 total games. LaRoche began the year will Columbus before being signed by Boston on July 28 and assigned to Pawtucket. In 50 games with the PawSox, LaRoche did not make a single error in 164 total chances at first base (11 games), second base (six games) and third base (28 games).
LaRoche was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 39th round of the 2003 draft. He played in 403 major league games from 2007-2011 with the Dodgers, Pirates and Athletics and hit a combined .226 (267-1,180) with 22 home runs and 113RBI. LaRoche played a career-best 150 games for Pittsburgh in 2009 and averaged .258 with 12 homers and 64RBI.