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Blue Jays get second baseman Gift Ngoepe in trade with Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Gift Ngoepe (61) follows through on a game-winning two-run double in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta on May 24, 2017. The Toronto Blue Jays made a move on Monday night to shore up their middle infield.Toronto acquired second baseman Gift Ngoepe in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, John Bazemore
November 20, 2017 - 7:41 PM

PITTSBURGH - The Toronto Blue Jays made a move on Monday night to shore up their middle infield.

Toronto acquired second baseman Gift Ngoepe in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

The 27-year-old Ngoepe became the first African-born player in baseball history to reach the major leagues when he debuted on April 26 in a loss to the Chicago Cubs. Ngoepe, who is from South Africa, hit .222 in 28 games for the Pirates while spending the majority of the season at Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Blue Jays also selected right-handed pitcher Conner Greene, catcher Dan Jansen, catcher Reese McGuire, left-handed pitcher Tom Pannone and first baseman Rowdy Tellez to their 40-man roster.

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