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Blue Jays sign left-hander Aaron Laffey to a split contract

Dec 31, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

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After reportedly inking veteran reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013, the Blue Jays have added another left-hander to the fold.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Blue Jays have signed Aaron Laffey to a split contract.

Laffey was non-tendered by the Royals earlier this month and actually turned down a pre-tender deal from the club in order to find an opportunity to pitch as a starter. The 26-year-old left-hander posted a 3.88 ERA and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings this past season as a reliever between the Mariners and Yankees.

Laffey averages around 87 mph on his fastball and has a pretty awful 185/149 K/BB ratio over 373 2/3 innings in the big leagues, so he likely wouldn’t fare very well as a starter in the American League East. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Jays will give the soft-tossing southpaw an opportunity to compete for a spot in the rotation during spring training, but if he actually makes a start for Toronto in 2012, something probably went very wrong.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    He may begin spring training as a starter, but I am sure that he is aware that his only chance to pitch for the Jays will be in the bullpen. The Jays could use another lefty in the pen.

  2. cur68 - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Meh. Whatever. His splits, rights vs lefites, are nothing special. He showed some signs last season of being able to get outs to the point that his ERA dropped under 4, but really, 10IP? Need I say more. Wants to be a starter, eh? Right. And I want to be Minka Kelly’s boyfriend: neither one of us is replacing Jeter or anyone else who trots out for the first inning of a ballgame. I hope he can live with the disappointment.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      I will leave you a clear field in your pursuit of Minka.

  3. Chris K - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    If the Jays defense is better than I think it is, this could be an alright signing if Laffey doesn’t get taken deep too much. Not worthy to write home about, but I think an alright signing.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    It appears that Laffey was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He is not on the major league roster but will have the opportunity to make the team.

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