Blue Jays Claim Aaron Laffey off Waivers

A familiar face is back with the Toronto Blue Jays as the organization continued its extremely activity on the waiver wire.  Aaron Laffey, 28, was designated by the Mets after allowing 8 earned runs in 10 innings during four appearances (2 starts) with the Mets.

The Jays were quick to jump on Laffey.  The lefty pitched 100.2 innings for the Jays last season and posted a 4-6 record and 4.56 ERA.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Jays moved Jose Reyes to the 60-day DL.  To add Laffey to the 25-man roster, veteran righty Ramon Ortiz was designated for assignment.  I imagine he will clear waivers and continue to provide pitching depth at triple-A.  Ortiz, 40, appeared in one game for the Jays.

Laffey is an upgrade as the long/swingman in the bullpen and the Jays know exactly who they are getting.  Look for Laffey to get innings in blow out games, extra inning games, or spot starts if anyone in the rotation is forced to miss a start.  With R.A. Dickey’s ailing back/shoulder muscles, picking up Laffey is a good move.  I don’t expect Dickey to miss significant time, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he misses a start if the pain persists.



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