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Billy Koch | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (39) / 12/14/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Clemson
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Billy Koch is so angry about being released by the Blue Jays that he doesn't plan to sign with another team.
''I'm going to make the Toronto Blue Jays pay every cent of my salary,'' Koch said. Very mature. He is owed $950,000 by Toronto. Sun, Apr 3, 2005 08:47:00 AM
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The Mets have a lot of interest in Billy Koch, who was released by the Blue Jays yesterday.

Mets pitching caoch Rick Peterson worked with Koch with the A's in 2002. He'll likely be offered a minor league contract.
Source: Newsday
Fri, Mar 18, 2005 04:36:00 PM

Blue Jays released RHP Billy Koch.

The 30-year-old Koch probably isn't ready to give up yet, but he wasn't looking like a major leaguer this spring. He 'll likely open the season in Triple-A with another team. His release makes it more likely that Vinnie Chulk will have a bullpen spot.
Thu, Mar 17, 2005 02:03:00 PM

Making just his third appearance in an 'A' game, Billy Koch allowed a run and two hits in an inning today.

He's given up five runs in three innings. It's been speculated that Koch's poor showing so far was part of the reason the Jays shifted Miguel Batista back to the pen. There's a real chance the Blue Jays won't keep their former closer.
Wed, Mar 16, 2005 07:40:00 PM

Billy Koch surrendered a three-run homer to Dee Brown in his inning of work today.

And this apparently was his best performance since he arrrived in camp. ''He was around the plate and that's what we are looking for,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, ''But the results weren't there. Up until today he has been erratic.'' Koch was given a major league contract, so he'll have to be very poor this spring to cost himself a bullpen spot.
Sat, Mar 5, 2005 05:44:00 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Billy Koch, who had been with the Marlins, to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

It may not be guaranteed, but Koch does receive a major league contract. The 30-year-old will have a spot in the Toronto pen with a decent spring.
Mon, Jan 10, 2005 03:00:00 PM

The Blue Jays and Billy Koch reportedly have agreed to terms on a minor league contract.

Koch shouldn't be a candidate for saves early on, but since the Jays have no proven closers, he could get the job with a couple of months of quality pitching. Unfortunately, there's just no reason to believe he'll be any good unless he starts throwing harder.
Source: TSN.ca
Mon, Jan 10, 2005 03:49:00 AM

The Blue Jays are close to bringing free agent Billy Koch back to Toronto.

Koch wouldn't be an option as a closer, at least not initially. The Jays didn't comment on whether he'd be getting a guaranteed deal.
Sat, Dec 11, 2004 05:05:00 AM

The Devil Rays have discussed minor league contracts with Billy Koch and Rusty Greer.

Koch still seems likely to get a major league deal. What pitching coach wouldn't want to be the one to turn his career around?
Wed, Dec 8, 2004 03:18:00 PM

Marlins released RHP Billy Koch.

Koch would have been a free agent after the World Series. This just gets him off the 40-man roster a little sooner.
Tue, Oct 19, 2004 03:04:00 PM

Billy Koch will likely not return for the Marlins this season.

Koch has been given leave by the team to tend to personal matters, but he is not expected to return to Florida this year. Koch will be free agent this off-season, so it remains to be seen where he will pitch next year.
Sun, Sep 19, 2004 10:59:00 AM

Billy Koch has left the Marlins to attend to a personal family matter.

He is expected to be gone until Friday when he will rejoin the team.
Wed, Sep 1, 2004 12:13:00 PM

Back setting up Armando Benitez, Billy Koch fanned four in 1 2/3 perfect innings today against the Mets.

This should provide a confidence boost. Manager Jack McKeon said yesterday that Koch would get one more chance to secure a setup role.
Sun, Jul 11, 2004 06:26:00 PM

Billy Koch gave up another run tonight. He's been scored on in five of his six outings since joining the Marlins.

Koch's ERA for the year is up to 5.93. He's going to be used as a mop-up man until he puts some good innings together.
Tue, Jun 29, 2004 01:38:00 AM

Billy Koch gave up a two-run homer in the 11th today to take the loss for the Marlins.

Koch has allowed three runs over three innings in two appearances since being traded. He was supposed to immediately take over as Armando Benitez's top setup man, but he shouldn't be pitching in crucial situations right now.
Sun, Jun 20, 2004 06:44:00 PM