Clay Buchholz, Blue Jays finalize $3M, 1-year contract

Pitcher Clay Buchholz and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3-million, one-year contract.

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The 34-year-old right-hander is expected to join a starting rotation that includes Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez.

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Buchholz signed with Kansas City late in spring training last year, was released on May 1 and signed with Arizona three days later. He made his first big-league appearance on May 20 and was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts and 98 1/3 innings. He strained the flexor tendon in his right elbow while warming up at Colorado on Sept. 13 and did not pitch again.

A two-time All-Star, Buchholz is 84-64 with a 4.78 ERA in 12 big-league seasons for Boston (2007-16), Philadelphia (2017) and the Diamondbacks. He pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore in his second major league start.

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To make room for Buchholz on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. for assignment on Tuesday.