Blue Jays Add Jose Tabata To The Mix

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Making a comeback is Jose Tabata, who just signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag.

Tabata is only 28 years old, and has lots of gas in the tank still. The former prized prospect was last seen in the Majors when he was in a Pittsburgh Pirate uniform. Unfortunately, he did not pan out after receiving that nice extension, which later ended his tenure in Pittsburgh when he was shipped off to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Michael Morse.

However, after his fallout, the outfielder was trying to find a steady role in Triple-A with the Dodgers, but that ended after 30 games where he eventually decided to participate in the Mexican League in 2016. In the Mexican League, Tabata had 123 plate appearances for Quintana Roo. He slashed .320/.439/.410 while driving in 9 RBIs and drawing 18 walks against just 13 strikeouts.

Finally, this is a low-risk move by Toronto, as Tabata could be a solid fourth outfielder for them or a nice depth guy to call up from Triple-A when an injury occurs. He will be competing for a roster spot.

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