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Report: Blue Jays to sign Clay Buchholz

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Blue Jays are expected to sign pitcher Clay Buchholz. Specifics about the contract are not yet known.

Buchholz, 34, spent last year with the Diamondbacks, making 16 highly effective starts with a 2.01 ERA and an 81/22 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 innings. However, injuries have long been an issue for the right-hander. He missed the last three weeks of the 2018 regular season with a flexor strain. Prior to that, Buchholz dealt with a strained oblique.

The Jays also reportedly signed Bud Norris to a minor league contract on Thursday. While Norris is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, Buchholz will vie for a spot at the back of the Jays’ starting rotation.

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.