Blue Jays extend spring invitation to Nanita

Veteran outfielder signs Minors deal, gets chance to compete for backup job

Blue Jays extend spring invitation to Nanita

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays signed veteran outfielder Ricardo Nanita to a Minor League deal on Monday afternoon with an invitation to Spring Training.

Nanita has spent the past four years in Toronto's organization, but he has yet to make his Major League debut. He split last season with Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. Once again, he will be used to provide depth within the organization.

The 32-year-old hit .258 with six homers and 20 extra-base hits for the Bisons and Fisher Cats in 2013. He was originally selected in the 14th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft by the White Sox.

Nanita will have a chance to compete for a backup role in Toronto, but in all likelihood, he will start the season in Triple-A. He'll likely play alongside Kevin Pillar while others, such as Kenny Wilson, also could be in line for a promotion to Buffalo.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.