Jays sign INF Andy LaRoche to minor league deal

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with infielder Andy

LaRoche on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to

spring training.

LaRoche appeared in 96 games for the Triple-A teams of the

Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox last season, batting .251 with

20 doubles, 12 home runs and 41 RBIs.

The right-handed hitter has played in 403 big league games for

the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics.

He has a career average of .226 with 22 home runs and 133 RBIs over

five seasons.

The Blue Jays also announced Wednesday that right-hander Sam

Dyson has been claimed off waivers by Miami.