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January 6, 2005

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Gregg Zaun to a new one-year contract worth $950,000 million (US) with an option for 2006 worth $1 million dollars.

In the 2004 season, the 33-year-old native of Glendale, California set career highs with 107 games played, 46 runs scored, 91 hits, 24 doubles, 36 RBI and 47 walks. He batted .269 and hit six home runs.

Zaun originally joined the Blue Jays as a minor league free agent on April 14, 2004, after being released by the Montreal Expos just prior to the beginning of the season. His contract was purchased by the Club from Syracuse of the International League (AAA) on April 27.

In seven games with Syracuse, Zaun was 7-for-23 (.304) at the plate with two RBI and four runs scored.

Toronto is the seventh team Zaun has played for at the Major League level. He was Baltimore's 17th round selection in the June 1989 First Year Player Draft and spent two seasons with the Orioles (1995 & 1996). He has also appeared in games for Florida (1996-1998), Texas (1999), Kansas City (2000 & 2001), Houston (2002 & 2003) and Colorado (2003).

The 5-10, 190 lb. switch-hitter has hit .250 in his Major League career with 39 home runs and 222 RBI.