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Blue Jays ink John Buck to one-year deal

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The Blue Jays have signed catcher John Buck to a one-year, $2 million contract,reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Buck was non-tendered by the Royals on Saturday.

The 29-year-old backstop batted .247/.299/.484 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 186 at-bats in ’09, throwing out 16% of would-be basestealers. He has a .235/.299/.484 career slashline in parts of six major league seasons.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos non-tendered catcher Raul Chavez on Saturday, as well, leaving Toronto without any catchers on their 40-man roster. Buck will serve as an adequate one-year stopgap for top prospect J.P. Arencibia.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore didn’t want to dish it the nearly $3 million it would have taken to keep Buck, but that doesn’t make the two-year, $6 million contract for Jason Kendall any more reasonable.