Blue Jays sign ex-Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown


Domonic Brown, the one-time Phillies top prospect and starting outfielder who was dropped by the team in October, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays.

Brown briefly lived up to the considerable hype in Philadelphia, smacking 27 homers and making the All-Star team as a 25-year-old in 2013, but in two years since then he hit just .233 with a .634 OPS while missing time with injuries.

Despite seemingly being around forever Brown is still only 28 years old and he has a .740 career OPS versus right-handed pitching, potentially making him a solid fit as a platoon player. His defense is pretty rough, though.

Toronto signing Brown comes on the heels of their reported deal with Cincinnati for outfielder Jay Bruce falling through, but Brown and current projected starting left fielder Michael Saunders are both left-handed hitters and thus don’t really fit in a platoon. They could also shift Edwin Encarnacion to first base and find Brown some time at designated hitter.

Whatever the case, Brown is a low-cost, no-risk pickup with some upside if the Blue Jays can tap into his power potential.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).