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Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo to one-year, $1.08 million deal

Dec 14, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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Non-tendered by the Blue Jays because they didn’t want to give him a raise on his 2010 salary of $1.08 million, Jeremy Accardo has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth … $1.08 million.

Accardo had a breakout season for the Blue Jays in 2007, saving 30 games with a 2.14 ERA in 67 innings, but he’s thrown a grand total of just 44 innings in the three seasons since then thanks to arm problems and ineffectiveness.

He spent most of this year at Triple-A, where his nice-looking 3.48 ERA and 24 saves masked an underwhelming 26/15 K/BB ratio and .306 opponents’ batting average in 44 innings.

At his peak Accardo averaged 94-95 miles per hour with his fastball, but his average velocity was down to 92.8 mph in a handful of appearances with the Blue Jays this year.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Anyone else think the Orioles have been the biggest movers-and-shakers of this off season? Royals would be a close number 2, I think.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    The Jays gave up on Accardo. His performance has declined and there have been hints of a prickly personality. He should fit in quite nicely with another Toronto reject with a high WHIP, should Gregg also sign with Baltimore.

  3. mvd513 - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    Damn. Yankees missed out on him too!

  4. Joe - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Who else was after him? I’m shocked he got anything more than a minor league deal.

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