Jays sign speedster Corey Patterson

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays signed speedy outfielder Corey Patterson and five other players to minor league contracts Tuesday with invitations to spring training.

Patterson batted .269 with eight homers, 32 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 90 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He's hit .253 with 112 homers in his 11-year career.

He'll likely compete for a backup role in the outfield.

Right-handers Winston Abreu and Brian Stokes, lefties Sean Henn and Mike Hinckley, and catcher Ryan Budde were also signed to compete for jobs and boost the organization's depth.