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Blue Jays avoid arbitration with outfielder Rasmus, pitchers Cecil and Rogers

Toronto Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of their Interleague League baseball game in Toronto May 27, 2013.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have avoided salary arbitration with outfielder Colby Rasmus and pitchers Brett Cecil and Esmil Rogers, signing them to one-year deals.

Rasmus will make $7-million next season, while Rogers will earn $1.85-million and Cecil will take home $1.3-million.

Rasmus tied a career high with a .276 batting average last season, hitting 22 homers and driving in 66 runs.

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Cecil, a left-handed middle relieved, was named to the American League all-star team in 2013. He went 5-1 with a 2.82 earned-run average and 70 strikeouts.

Rogers, a right-handed starter, went 5-9 with a 4.77 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

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