Jays hustle up Eckstein

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

TORONTO -- David Eckstein has won the World Series with each of the last two teams he's played for.

He comes to Toronto expecting no different.

"When (the Jays) came and said they were interested in me, I got real excited, because I think they have a real chance to win," Eckstein said yesterday. "The main goal when you play this game is to win championships, and I think they have a good shot to make a run at it."

The Blue Jays signed the 32-year-old shortstop to a $4.5-million US, one-year deal, shoring up a position that was a point of weakness last season. Eckstein will be backed up by incumbent John McDonald and Marco Scutaro.

The five-foot-seven, 165-pound Eckstein brings some hard-nosed hustle to the Jays.

"I'm the type of player that I'll come in and every single day I show up I'll give you 100%, and that's what I think is my best quality," Eckstein said. "You'll never see me take a pitch off, a day off ... that's what I bring."

Eckstein spent the past three seasons with St. Louis, earning MVP honours when they won the World Series in 2006. He hit .364 with four RBIs in that five-game victory over Detroit. He started his career with the then Anaheim Angels, winning the World Series there in 2002.

TEEN BUSTED

A teenage shortstop in the Texas Rangers organization was suspended yesterday for the first 50 games of next season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball's minor league drug program.Julio Gonzalez, 19, hit .253 in 27 games this season in rookie ball in Arizona.

TRADE FLURRIES

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired all-star pitcher Dan Haren from the Oakland Athletics and traded major league saves leader Jose Valverde to the Houston Astros in separate swaps involving 12 players yesterday. The A's received six prospects, including lefty Dana Eveland and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. The D'backs got reliever Chad Qualls, infielder Chris Burke and right-hander Juan Gutierrez from the Astros.


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