Blue Jays bringing back pitcher A.J. Cole on minor league deal


TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Friday that they have signed right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole to a minor league deal, with an invite to spring training.

Cole appeared in 24 games for the Blue Jays in 2020, compiling a 3-0 record with a 3.09 earned-run average and 20 strikeouts out of the bullpen.

The team non-tendered him in early December to open up roster spots, but kept the door open for a possible return with both sides showing interest.

The 29-year-old Cole made his big league debut in 2015 with the Washington Nationals, who drafted him 116th overall in 2010. He has had stints with the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians prior to joining Toronto in 2020.

He is 14-10 with a 4.65 ERA in 103 career games.