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Davis, Escobar, Morrow agree with Blue Jays

Speedy outfielder Rajai Davis and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed Tuesday to a $5.75 million, two-year contract, while shortstop Yunel Escobar has settled on a $2.9 million, one-year deal and outfielder Brandon Morrow agreed at $2.3 million.

The agreements avoided salary arbitration.

Davis gets $2.5 million this year and $2.75 million in 2012. Toronto holds a $3 million option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.

The 30-year-old hit .284 with five homers, 52 RBIs and 50 steals for Oakland last season, then was dealt to Toronto in November for a pair of minor leaguers.

The 28-year-old Escobar was acquired from Atlanta on July 13, then hit .275 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

Morrow, 26, was 10-7 with a 4.49 ERA in his first season as a fulltime starter. He came within one out of a no-hitter against Tampa Bay on Aug. 8, when Evan Longoria broke up the bid. Still, Morrow became just the fourth pitcher since 1954 to strike out 17 in a one-hitter.

On Monday, Toronto agreed to one-year deals with pitchers Shawn Camp ($2.25 million), Casey Janssen ($1,095,000) and Jesse Litsch ($830,000).

Toronto has two players remaining in arbitration: major league home run champion Jose Bautista, and pitcher Jason Frasor.