Aaron Laffey Selects Free Agency Over Blue Jays
September 25, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Laffey (32) pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY SportsGiven the circumstances, you can’t blame Aaron Laffey – or any other DFA player – for holding a grudge against the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Laffey, Casper Wells, and others had to have known that their time in Toronto would be short-lived.
Regardless, the 28-year-old Laffey has elected to pursue free agency, and the chance at a Major League roster spot, rather than accept an outright assignment from the Toronto Blue Jays. The team announced the move via Twitter, which now seemingly gets official team news before the team’s official website.
Laffey was claimed off waivers on April 23rd and was subsequently forced into making an emergency start for the Blue Jays three days later, in the place of an injured Josh Johnson. That April 26th start did not got well for the left-hander, as he struggled through 2.2 innings against the New York Yankees, surrendering two runs on two hits and five walks, while striking out zero in the game.
The Blue Jays designated Laffey for assignment later that evening, calling up Justin Germano in a corresponding move.
The journey will continue for Laffey, who will now try to latch on with a sixth team in hopes of continuing his Major League dream.