The Jays acquired Coats from the Reds on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn. During Spring Training, the 25-year-old Coats will be competing for Toronto's lone available bench spot.
"Coats is a guy who can probably be our 25th guy," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "He's a really, really good outfielder. Obviously, the best position he plays is a position we have someone in -- center field. He can play third and a little bit of short. He's a really flexible guy, in terms of positions he can play."
James, 26, was selected by the Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Last season, James split time between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Syracuse, going a combined 3-5 with a 3.89 ERA in 43 games, including five starts.
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