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Today the Boston Red Sox returned Jamie Vermilyea to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox selected him in the Rule V draft, but he was competed for a job in a deep bullpen. Furthermore, with the Red Sox being a contender he needed to heavily impress them to make the team. He only had one appearance in Spring Training, where he didn't allow a run over two innings, but evidently he didn't show them enough in practice to make the team.

Vermilyea spent most of last season in New Hampshire, where he had a 7.19 K/9, 2.13 BB/9 and a 0.69 HR/9. He had a 2.60 ERA over 27 apperances, including 4 starts. He struggled in 16 appearances with Syracuse, but heís only 23 years old. Vermilyea likely wonít be an impact player, but he could be a good reliever if he maintains his ability to induce groundballs. I have no idea if the Red Sox inquired about trading something to the Jays for the right to keep him, but if they did Iím glad that J.P. didnít give him away. With that move the Jays still have one player from their system outstanding in the Rule V draft, and thatís Steve Andrade, who is trying to claim a job in the Padres bullpen.
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Waveburner - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 06:38 PM EST (#142523) #
Good news about Vermilyea. I think he's got a Pete Walker type future as a long man in the pen. Any news on how Andrade is faring for San Diego?
6-4-3 - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 07:13 PM EST (#142527) #
Andrade has one of the best spring training lines I've ever seen.

In 2.1 innings Andrade has walked two, hit another batter with a pitch, given up 2 hits, for a total of 3 runs against (2 earned), for an ERA of 7.71. On the other hand, 6 out of the 7 outs he got were strikeouts.
Pistol - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 08:02 PM EST (#142530) #
$25,000 in the bank! Take that Boston!

The Sox signed too many veterans and have better options in the minors with Papelbon and Hansen to need Vermilyea.

That has to be an interesting situation for a player. Vermilyea was with the Jays for three years, gets picked in Rule 5 by the Red Sox, goes to camp with Boston for a few weeks and is now back with the Jays.
Nick - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 08:23 PM EST (#142534) #
Dayn Perry has finished his personal countdown of the top 100 prospects in baseball. Only 1 Blue Jays prospect made the list - Josh Banks at #64.
Mike Green - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 10:33 PM EST (#142549) #
I'm glad to see Vermilyea back, and still have high hopes for him. With pitchers, you just have to wait sometimes.
Paul D - Wednesday, March 15 2006 @ 10:09 AM EST (#142572) #
Didn't Gronk get claimed in the minor league portion, or am I thinking of someone else?
Thomas - Wednesday, March 15 2006 @ 10:16 AM EST (#142573) #
Gronk is still in the big-league spring traing camp and hasn't allowed a run yet (when last I checked). The Jays did have several players claimed in the minor-league portion of the Rule V draft, including Jayce Tingler. You're probably thinking of a pitcher from that group.
zaptom - Wednesday, March 15 2006 @ 05:37 PM EST (#142602) #
From Canadian Press:

"The Blue Jays announced eight cuts Wednesday, bringing them down to 45 player in camp. SS Sergio Santos, 2B Ryan Roberts, 3B John Hattig, IF-OF Rob Cosby and RHP Josh Banks were optioned to triple-A Syracuse. RHP Ismael Ramirez was optioned to double-A New Hampshire while C Curtis Thigpen and RHP Casey Janssen were returned to minor-league camp. "
Ken MacDonald - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 12:33 PM EST (#142650) #
I noticed yesterday that Bobby Hill was waived by the Padres.With the Jays lack of infield depth it might be a good idea to pick him up and stash him in AAA just in case you need an infielder at some point.You could do worse than a switch hitting backup who hit .269 in 58 big league games with the Pirates last year.
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