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“When you take a player out of his comfort zone, it affects their whole game,” Theriot said. “Shortstop’s the most comfortable. It’s what I grew up playing.”

Hawksworth went 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 45 games, including eight starts. The 27-year-old righty went 4-0 as a rookie in 2009.

Hawksworth’s season ended when he was hit in the face by a line drive in late September. He needed about 20 stitches after being struck by the liner off the bat of the Cubs‘ Sam Fuld.

Tallet, who agreed to a $750,000, one-year deal, spent the last five years with Toronto. The 33-year-old lefty was 2-6 with a 6.40 ERA in 34 games, five of them starts.

Tallet is 16-23 with a 4.65 ERA in 223 games with Toronto and Cleveland. He made a career-high 25 starts for the Blue Jays in 2009 and held left-handed hitters to a .176 batting average.

Mozeliak said Tallet would be used as a left-handed specialist as the replacement for Dennys Reyes, who is a free agent.