(ISN) – The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have claimed OF ANDY DIRKS off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and signed LHP JEFF FRANCIS to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training.
DIRKS, 28, appeared in only 14 games in the minor leagues last season, recovering from back surgery in March. The former 8th round pick of the Tigers in 2008 spent much of 2011-13 with Detroit, compiling a .276 average with 24 home runs and 100 RBI in 297 games, with a career high .322 average and .857 OPS coming in 2012.
FRANCIS, 33, posted a 1-2 record with a 5.85 ERA in 12 games (one start) for New York (AL), Oakland and Cincinnati last season. The Vancouver, British Columbia native is a veteran of 10 seasons and has recorded 71-80 mark with a 4.95 ERA in 240 games (217 starts), primarily with Colorado.