Phelps (lat) re-signed with the Blue Jays on Monday on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.

Phelps should have a legitimate chance at capturing a spot in the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen, provided he proves in spring training that he's made a full recovery from the season-ending surgery he required last May to repair a torn right lat. Before developing the injury, Phelps was a standout performer in relief for Toronto in a small sample of 10.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on eight hits and four walks while striking out 15. The 35-year-old boasts a 3.90 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 302 career big-league appearances.

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