Blue Jays sign Wilton Lopez, Caleb Gindl and Jake Fox

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According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays have agreed to minor league contracts with right-hander Wilton Lopez, outfielder Caleb Gindl, and infielder Jake Fox. They all received invites to major league spring training.

Lopez was quietly one of the best relievers in the game from 2010-2012 with the Astros, but he really struggled with the Rockies in 2013 and made just four appearances in the majors this past season. The 31-year-old had a 4.57 ERA and 35/6 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate.

Gindl appeared in six games with the Brewers this past season and batted just .227/.310/.354 with eight home runs and 32 RBI over 110 games in Triple-A. The 26-year-old showed some pop and patience in a small sample with the big club in 2013 and could be a fit as a left-handed bench bat.

Fox, 32, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2011. He split 2014 between the independent Atlantic League, the Mexican League, and the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate. If history is any indication, he’ll hit a bunch of home runs for the Blue Jays in the spring.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.