Jays avoid arbitration with Overbay, Downs
Overbay's deal is for $2,525,000. He batted .276 with 19 home runs, 72 RBI and 34 doubles for Milwaukee last season.
Toronto acquired Overbay on Dec. 8 in a trade that sent pitcher David Bush, outfielder Gabe Gross and pitching prospect Zach Jackson to the Brewers.
Downs will earn $705,000 this year. The left-hander was 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 26 games last season, including 13 starts.
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