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Mike Zagurski joins Blue Jays on minor league deal: report

Left-handed relief pitcher Mike Zagurski reportedly has opted out of his minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians triple-A affiliate and signed a minor deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Southpaw has struck out a batter per inning in major leagues

Mike Zagurski, seen here pitching in relief for the Pirates in May 2013, reportedly has signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 16 games for the Columbus Clippers of the International League this season. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images/File)

The Toronto Blue Jays soon might be adding another strikeout machine to their bullpen as a complement to fellow left-handed relief pitchers Brett Cecil and Aaron Loup.

Mike Zagurski, 31, reportedly has opted out of his minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians triple-A affiliate and signed a minor deal with Toronto.

The six-foot, 240-pounder had a 2-0 record and 2.76 earned-run average in 16 games with the Columbus Clippers of the International League this season. He also struck out 22 batters and allowed just one home run in 16 1/3 innings.

Last season, Zagurski was 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA in a combined 45 triple-A games for three teams.

He has been consistent the past four-plus seasons at triple A, posting a cumulative 2.87 ERA and averaging 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings over 194 1/3 frames.

Zagurski hasn’t been as successful in parts of five seasons at the major league level with a bloated 7.05 ERA in 89 appearances for Philadelphia, Arizona, Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees.

In 75 1/3 innings, he has 75 strikeouts but 85 hits and 46 walks.

Loup has fanned 19 over 24 1/3 innings this season for the Blue Jays while converted starter Cecil has struck out 32 in 21 innings.

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