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Tony Sanchez signs with Blue Jays

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The Blue Jays have announced that they've signed Tony Sanchez to a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invite.

Thus officially ends Sanchez's career with the Pirates -- not that there was much chance of a return once the Bucs released him earlier this offseason. It will be a bit weird to see Sanchez with another organization, although he's probably most likely to start the 2016 with Triple-A Buffalo rather than in the big leagues. He'll be stuck behind Josh Thole and former teammate Russell Martin in Toronto.

After a miserable 2015 in which Sanchez hit just .236/.342/.342 while struggling with his defense for Indianapolis, it's unclear how much more big-league time he's likely to get, although with catchers, one never knows, and former top draft picks tend to get more chances than most. Also, the Jays appear to have only a modest amount of catching depth, so if Sanchez can improve his defense and there's an injury, he might get the call over someone like Humberto Quintero, who joins him as a Jays non-roster invitee.