The Toronto Blue Jays have not taken success lying down and fully understand that one of the reasons they are in first place is because they were diligent in adding quality depth pieces when they presented themselves. To team continued that practice on Tuesday, signing left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal, as reported my Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.
After posting a 2-0 record, a 2.76 ERA, 12.1 K/9 ratio, and a 5.5 BB/9 ratio with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, the lefty exercised his opt-out clause with the Indians on Saturday in hopes of latching on with another club with more opportunity. After having used 15 different pitchers in relief roles in 2014, the Blue Jays are a club still dabbling with the right recipe for their bullpen.
A 9-year minor league veteran, Zagurski owns a respectable 24-18 record with a 3.14 ERA and an 11.4 K/9 ratio in the minors. However, he’s been unable to extend that success to the Major League level, struggling to a 7.05 ERA in 89 career appearances 4 different clubs. He has not made a substantial appearance in the Majors since 2012, when he made 45 appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks and posted a 5.54 ERA.
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Zagurski will join the Buffalo Bisons later this week, alongside fellow acquisitions Melky Mesa (OF) and P.J. Walters who were picked up from Kansas City earlier this week. All three will add depth to a Buffalo roster that has been routinely drawn from by the parent club.