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Blue Jays: Former players suiting up for new teams in 2019

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to third during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to third during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to third during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to third during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

Now that the Super Bowl is in the books, the Major League baseball season is right around the proverbial corner with spring training in the not so distant future. The 2019 season will feature an abundance of former Blue Jays players suiting up for new teams this upcoming season.

The following list of players will not include J.A. Happ or Steve Pearce as they re-signed with teams they ended the 2018 campaign with, so that precluded them from this list as technically they aren’t joining a new team. Happ re-upped with the Yankees on a 2-year pact with a vesting option for a third year while Pearce inked a one-year deal to return to the World Series Champions.

As well, former Blue Jays hurler Jaime Garcia was omitted as he hung up the spikes this past offseason announcing his retirement from baseball.

Aside from all the players in new digs, there is still an overwhelming plethora of former Blue Jays players still searching for new teams. The likes of Jose Bautista, Danny Valencia, Melky Cabrera, John Axford, Joaquin Benoit, Tyler Clippard, Tim CollinsAdeiny Hechavarria, Curtis GrandersonAaron LoupYangervis Solarte, Jose Reyes, and Drew Storen all remain available in the free agent pool.

By my count, there are 13 former players who will be sporting new digs in 2019, in no particular order, here they are.

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