Reds complete trade with Toronto, get RHP Justin James

Updated: December 7, 2007, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The Toronto Blue Jays sent minor league pitcher Justin James to Cincinnati on Friday, completing a trade for outfielder Buck Coats earlier this week.

The Reds traded Coats on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash. Cincinnati designated Coats for assignment to the minors on Nov. 28 after signing free agent closer Francisco Cordero.

The 25-year-old Coats played in 20 games for the Reds last season after they claimed him off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 28. He batted .206 with two RBIs for Cincinnati.

The 26-year-old James has spent all five of his professional seasons in the Blue Jays' system. The righty was a combined 3-5 with two saves and a 3.89 ERA for Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.


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