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Toronto Blue Jays welcome back infielder Richard Urena

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 29: Richard Urena #7 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields the ball against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 29, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 29: Richard Urena #7 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields the ball against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 29, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly welcomed Richard Urena back into the fold inking the infielder to a minor-league pact.

According to the Toronto Blue Jays Twitter account, the team has reunited with Richard Urena signing the 24-year old to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Urena made his MLB debut as a 21-year old back in 2017 and has since played in 91 games with the big club at the major league level. The infielder was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles last offseason, however, he was not included on their 60-man pandemic roster so he actually never suited up for the Orioles.

In 91 games with the Blue Jays, the steady Urena hit .253/.300/.336 with 16 extra-base hits including a pair of homers in 263 plate appearances. Urena is a serviceable option off the bench or a minor league depth at the Triple-A level for Toronto.

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Defensively Urena has split time between shortstop (53 games), second base (23 games), and third base (9 games) during his MLB tenure. The versatile utility man also has a game in left field and an appearance on the mound under his belt as well.

The team also signed Forrest Wall and Tyler White to similar contracts earlier in the week. Wall is no stranger to the organization having come north in the Seunghwan Oh trade with the Colorado Rockies back in the summer of 2018.

White last played in the majors in 2019 splitting 83 games with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 30-year old will attempt to rebound from a disappointing .208/.308/.304 slash line from a year ago.

The brain trust appears content inking organizational depth as the free agent hot stove slowly warms up. James McCann is the biggest free-agent name to come off the board thus far as teams and players continue to jockey for the upper hand in contract negotiations.

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The Blue Jays appear poised to make a splash this offseason, however, there is no telling how the stars will align in terms of additions from the open market.

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