Blue Jays sign OF Domonic Brown to minor-league deal

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons talks briefly about the Domonic Brown minor league signing, says it's an outfield depth move, and has nothing to do with Dalton Pompey.

The Toronto Blue Jays signed a former All-Star Thursday, adding outfielder Domonic Brown on a minor-league contract.

Brown, a left-handed hitter, represented the Philadelphia Phillies at the 2013 All-Star Game, but has struggled ever since. The 28-year-old posted a .634 OPS in each of the last two seasons, hitting 10 home runs in 2014 and just five homers in 2015.

A former top prospect, Brown battled injury issues in 2015. He opened the season on the disabled list due to an Achilles injury and didn’t play after September 2 because of post-concussion symptoms.

Brown spent the entire 2015 season in right field, but he has considerable experience in both corner outfield spots. He’s positioned to compete for the fourth outfielder’s job in Toronto along with Dalton Pompey, Ezequiel Carrera and Junior Lake.

Brown has enjoyed more success against right-handed pitching, with a .737 OPS and 46 home runs against right-handers in his career. He’s a client of agent Scott Boras.

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