Kawasaki began each of the past two seasons without a defined role, but injuries to the big league roster led to rather substantial opportunities for the 33-year-old. Kawasaki spent part of the 2014 campaign as the starting second baseman, appearing in 82 games overall.
It will be even tougher for Kawasaki to win a job this year because of Toronto's increased depth at second, but that didn't stop him from signing with the Blue Jays instead of returning to Japan. Kawasaki has played professionally in North America since signing with the Mariners in 2012.
Kawasaki doesn't possess a lot of range in the field, but he can be used at second, shortstop or third base. He's a career .235 hitter with a .315 on-base percentage in 584 at-bats.
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