Blue Jays sign Rios

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have agreed to a one-year
contract with OF ALEX RIOS worth $4.835 million (US).
    RIOS, 26, originally selected 19th overall in the June 1999 draft, has
spent all four seasons of his major league career with the Blue Jays. In 161
games last season, the Guaynabo, Puerto Rico native posted career highs in
most offensive categories, including 43 doubles, seven triples, 24 home runs
and 85 RBI. He led the club in at-bats (643), runs (114), hits (191), total
bases (320), triples, stolen bases (17) and slugging percentage (.498). The
6'5", 194 lb. right-handed hitter has now appeared in consecutive All-Star
games, and is the first Blue Jay to accomplish the feat since Roberto Alomar
appeared in five straight from 1991-95.

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