Blue Jays agree to minor-league deals with five pitchers


The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to minor league contracts with five pitchers, including Roberto Hernandez. (Laurence Kesterson/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to minor league contracts with pitchers Roberto Hernandez, Scott Copeland and Pat McCoy. The team also officially announced the deals for Brad Penny and Wade LeBlanc.

Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, is the most notable signing as the right-hander earned an all-star berth in 2010 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. In 20 appearances (11 starts) for the Houston Astros in 2015, he posted a 3-5 record with a 4.36 ERA.

Over his 10-year big-league career, Hernandez has pitched to a 70-98 mark to go along with his 4.58 ERA.

Copeland made three starts for the Blue Jays last season, turning in a terrific first outing before struggling in the other two. The 28-year-old was solid for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons this past year, going 11-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 21 games.

A left-handed reliever, McCoy spent the majority of 2015 with the Baltimore Orioles’ triple-A affiliate where he logged 51.2 innings. Over that span, he registered a 4.18 ERA with 36 strikeouts.

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