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Blue Jays sign Happ, Bonifacio and Thole to new deals

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ


The Toronto Blue Jays have one again managed to avoid heading to arbitration, signing their three remaining players to new deals before Friday afternoon's deadline.

Pitcher J.A. Happ, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, and catcher Josh Thole all worked out new contracts with the American League club.

The left-hander Happ agreed to a one-year, $3.7-million (all currency U.S.) contract for the 2013 season.

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The 30-year-old combined to go 10-11 with a 4.79 earned run average in 28 games, including 24 starts, between Houston and Toronto last season.

Heading into the 2013 season, Happ will likely be utilized as Toronto sixth starter and will work primarily out of the bullpen in long relief situations.

Bonifacio, 27, agreed to a one-year, $2.6-million contract.

Bonifacio, who will compete for the starting job at second base for Toronto at spring training, batted .258 last season in 64 games, with 30 stolen bases in 33 attempts with the Miami Marlins.

Thole agreed to a two-year contract worth $2.5-million that includes a club option for the 2015 season worth $1.75-million.

Thole, 26, hit .234 in 104 games last season for the New York Mets in 2012 with 15 doubles, one home run and 21 runs batted in.

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