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January 10, 2005

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Ken Huckaby and RHP Pete Walker to minor league contracts and extended Spring Training invitations to both players.

Huckaby has appeared in 118 games at the Major League level, 93 of those with Toronto in the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The 6-1, 210 lb. native of San Leandro, California batted .243 with the Blue Jays with three home runs and 24 RBI. Huckaby, who turns 34 this month, has also suited up with Arizona (2001), Baltimore (2004) and Texas (2004). He holds a .227 career batting average. Last season, he appeared in eight games with the Orioles and 16 with Rangers and combined to hit .140 (7-50) with three doubles.

Huckaby also played in 96 games for the SkyChiefs during his time in the Blue Jays organization, posting a combined batting average of .287 with three home runs and 34 RBI.

Walker spent the 2004 season in Japan after having his contract purchased from Toronto by the Yokohama BayStars of the Central League. He pitched to a 2-4 record with a 6.80 ERA in 10 games/starts with the BayStars. The 35-year-old native of Beverly, Massachusetts has appeared in 80 games, 27 starts, in the Major Leagues with the Mets (1995 & 2001 - 2002), Padres (1996), Rockies (2000) and Blue Jays (2002 - 2003). The 6-2, 195 lb. right-handed pitcher has a career record of 13-7 with a save and a 4.71 ERA.

Walker made five starts for the SkyChiefs during the 2003 season while on a rehabilitation assignment from the Blue Jays. In those five starts, he allowed 10 runs in 13.1 innings of work.