TORONTO The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with shortstop Royce Clayton.
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said Wednesday that he wanted to sign a shortstop and that he planned on having Aaron Hill play second base.
He is a veteran presence that will strengthen us up the middle and in the clubhouse, Ricciardi said.
Clayton hit .258 with two homers and 40 RBIs for Washington and Cincinnati last season. His deal also would include performance bonuses.