Blue Jays swipe Canzler away from Cleveland

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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed first baseman-outfielder Russ Canzler on waivers from the Cleveland Indians.

The Blue Jays made the move Friday.

The 26-year-old Canzler hit .269 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 26 games for the Indians last season. He also hit 22 homers in Triple-A and has spent some time at third base in the minors.

Toronto outrighted right-hander Mickey Storey to Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers from Houston this week.

Twins sign Rich Harden to minor-league contract

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have signed injury-hampered right-hander Rich Harden to a minor-league contract with an invitation to compete for a spot on the staff in spring training.

The move was made Friday. The 31-year-old Harden missed the entire 2012 season after surgery on Jan. 31 to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

Harden has the third-best strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio in the majors since 2003, when he debuted with Oakland. He pitched seven years for the A's, last in 2011, and also spent time with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. Harden has surpassed 150 innings in only one season, in 2004.

The Twins also announced left-hander Scott Diamond had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove a bone chip from his elbow.

Astros sign RHP Jose Veras to 1-year deal

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros signed veteran right-handed reliever Jose Veras to a one-year contract Friday.

The 32-year-old Veras was 5-4 in 72 relief appearances for Milwaukee in 2012 with a 3.63 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 61 hits in 67 innings.

Veras has 151 appearances over the last two seasons, tied for second overall. Over the last three seasons, Veras has posted a 3.73 ERA in 199 appearances with 212 strikeouts and 147 hits allowed in 186 innings pitched.

Veras has a 19-17 record in 327 career major league appearances over parts of seven seasons with the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates and Brewers.

Brewers sign LHP Tom Gorzelanny

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a two-year contract Friday. The 30-year-old Gorzelanny went 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and one save in 45 games with Washington last season.

Gorzelanny worked at least two innings in 19 of his 44 relief appearances last season, his first as a full-time reliever.

Overall, Gorzelanny is 44-45 with a 4.41 ERA and two saves in 193 games (111 starts) during eight seasons with Pittsburgh, the Cubs and Washington.

Terms were not released by the team.

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