Blue Jays add Jeff Beliveau on a MiLB deal

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TORONTO – A day removed from announcing a MiLB agreement with T.J. House, the Toronto Blue Jays added another left-handed hurler by inking Jeff Beliveau to a minor league pact that comes complete with an invite to spring training next February.

Beliveau, 29, hasn’t pitched in the Majors since getting in to five games with the Tampa Bay Rays before succumbing to a season-ending torn shoulder labrum in April of 2015.

Having appeared in only 58 big league games since breaking in with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, the 18th round draft pick has pitched to an overall ERA of 4.00 with a WHIP of 1.511 and a K/9 of 9.4 across 45 innings of work.

In 2016, the 6’1″ product of Rhode Island, NY posted a combined ERA of 2.54 with 66 strikeouts against 29 walks and only three home runs allowed over 49.2 frames between high-A Frederick and double-A Bowie.

Although Beliveau has limited left-handed batters to a combined OBA of .243 over 86 plate appearances in the Show, he’s struggled with control walking nine and hitting a pair over that sample sized showing.

With Brett Cecil out of the mix,Toronto will be looking to add another lefty to join Aaron Loup in the bullpen next season. Current candidates for that vacancy include House, Chad Girodo, Matt Dermody and, following Thursdays transaction, Beliveau.

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