Blue Jays sign Villanueva

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, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

Toronto - The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitcher Carlos Villanueva to a one-year, $1.415 million contract.

Sunday's pact allows the two parties to avoid arbitration.

Villanueva posted a 2-0 record with a 4.61 earned run average in 50 relief outings for the Brewers last season and was acquired by the Blue Jays in early December for a player to be named later.

Villanueva has pitched in 230 games -- 27 as a starter -- during his five major league seasons, all with the Brewers, and has compiled a 20-24 record with six saves and a 4.34 ERA.


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