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Blue Jays claim Aaron Laffey off waivers from Mets

Apr 23, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

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You’ll be shocked to know that the Blue Jays have claimed a player off waivers.

This time it’s left-hander Aaron Laffey, who was designated for assignment by the Mets last week and pitched for the Blue Jays last season before they dropped him from the 40-man roster.

Laffey had a 4.56 ERA in 100 innings for Toronto last year and has a 4.44 ERA in 484 career innings overall, so he’s basically a standard fifth starter/long reliever. He was dropped by the Mets after allowing eight runs in 10 innings.

  1. cruuuzcontrol - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    It is agonizing to watch this guy pitch. He pitches slowly and is not very good… A bad combination.

  2. bigleagues - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    This IS a “Laffey” matter for the Blue Jays.

  3. chill1184 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    My question is why would the Blue Jays do this

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      He was decent at times last season for the Jays. They will probably keep him until Sanchez comes off the DL.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Just so they can have a Laff.

  4. rhmurphy - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Why are legitimate players like Casper Wells or Aaron Laffey getting waived? They are not quite important pieces to a championship-caliber team, but Wells is a good platoon player and Laffey is fine as a spot starter type. Back in the day, the Red Sox would trade a young Jeff Bagwell for people like this.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Have you watched Laffey pitch? He’s horrendous.

      • rhmurphy - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Laffey’s ERA+ 2010-2012 was 88, 101, and 93. That’s a number five starter, not a replacement player.

    • conjecture101 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      lol at this guy using advanced statistics to argue that aaron laffey is a good big league pitcher. I think this one is win for the “eye test.”

  5. El Bravo - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Pick up the pace HBT! I need more posts to read and you took a 1.5 hour hiatus during the middle of the day. What’s up with that!? There’s gotta be all kinds of nonsense to write about.

  6. sdelmonte - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Standard fifth starter? If I had to pick a poster child for a Replacement player based on performance so far, he might be it.

  7. geoknows - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    You know you REALLY suck when you get put on waivers and the Blue Jays don’t put in a claim.

  8. pisano - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Good God who haven’t they claimed?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      You just named him.

      • pisano - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        pc, don’t give up hope, he’s next.

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