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Jeremy Jeffress | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Blue Jays sent RHP Jeremy Jeffress outright to Triple-A Buffalo.
Jeffress was designated for assignment earlier this month, but passed through waivers unclaimed. He has 72 hours to decide whether to elect free agency or accept the minor league assignment. Apr 15 - 3:00 PM

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Blue Jays designated RHP Jeremy Jeffress for assignment.

The 26-year-old won a spot on the Blue Jays bullpen with a strong spring, but he struggled mightily in his first three appearances in the regular season, compiling a 10.80 ERA and 3.30 WHIP in 3 1/3 innings. He's still talented enough that he should be able to find another team willing to take a chance on him.
Apr 4 - 11:28 PM

Jeremy Jeffress has won a spot in the Blue Jays' bullpen.

Jeffress, who is out of options, has posted a 2.53 ERA and 6/9 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings this spring. While the 26-year-old still has issues with wildness, he has a huge arm and the Blue Jays aren't about to give up on him.
Mar 26 - 9:55 AM

Jeremy Jeffress pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings out of the pen Friday against the Rays.

Jeffress has walked nine in 9 2/3 innings this spring, but he has a 2.79 ERA anyway. Since he's out of options, there's really no doubt that he'll hold on to his spot in the Blue Jays bullpen.
Mar 21 - 4:32 PM

After it was reported the Blue Jays were considering converting Jeremy Jeffress to a starter, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears they're going to keep him in a relief role.

It was Passan who reported the Jays were thinking about making Jeffress a starter back in November, but they've since changed their minds. The 26-year-old showed why in a September stint with the club last season, posting an 0.87 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings as a reliever. The right-hander will have to earn a spot in the Jays' bullpen this spring.
Jan 11 - 4:11 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving Jeremy Jeffress back to a starter role.

Jeffress hasn't started since 2011 in the minors, and he hasn't started on a full-time basis since 2009. He had big-time control problems as a starter and has still been prone to wildness as a reliever, so the transition might be a difficult one. Jeffress is coming off a nice season, having posted a 1.39 ERA at Triple-A and a 0.87 mark in his brief time in the majors while striking out a batter per inning.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 01:08:00 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Jeremy Jeffress from Triple-A Buffalo.

Jeffress was designated for assignment shortly after the beginning of the season, but he's earned his way back by posting a 1.65 ERA while striking out a batter per inning at Triple-A. He'll work the middle innings.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 08:09:00 PM

Blue Jays sent RHP Jeremy Jeffress outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Jeffress was designated for assignment on April 6 so that the Blue Jays could clear a roster spot for Dave Bush. He then passed through waivers with relative ease.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 04:20:00 PM

Blue Jays designated RHP Jeremy Jeffress for assignment.

Jeffress is out of options, so he'll have to clear waivers in order to remain with the organization. The Blue Jays have called up Dave Bush from Triple-A Buffalo to replace him in the bullpen.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Jeremy Jeffress has won a spot in the Blue Jays' bullpen.

Jeffress has a 9.00 ERA and 12/9 K/BB ratio over 11 innings of work this spring, but he's out of options and the Jays don't want to expose him to waivers. As a result, Toronto will open the season with an eight-man bullpen and a three-man bench. And that's obviously not ideal.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Jeremy Jeffress was lit up for five runs in an inning by the Twins on Sunday.

For a little while earlier this month, it looked like Jeffress, who is out of options, might make the Blue Jays on merit. Now his spring ERA is up to 9.00, and he's walked nine batters in 11 innings. He probably won't clear waivers, but given that the Blue Jays have loaded up with the goal of winning the AL East, they shouldn't make the mistake of carrying him over better pitchers.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Out-of-options right-hander Jeremy Jeffress pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out two batters in relief Wednesday against the Pirates.

Jeffress gave up three runs in his second appearance of the spring, but he's allowed just an earned run and posted a 8/0 K/BBratio in six innings since. He's having a strong enough spring to make it highly unlikely he'll clear waivers. The Blue Jays might end up sending down someone like Brad Lincoln in order to keep Jeffress around.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 05:11:00 PM

Out-of-options right-hander Jeremy Jeffress surrendered three runs and four hits in his inning versus the Astros on Wednesday.

Ideally, Jeffress would break through this spring and give the Jays good reason to carry him as a middle reliever. Since that's unlikely, the next best scenario for Toronto has him pitching so badly that no team decides it's worth grabbing him on waivers next month. That's more likely.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 04:54:00 PM

Blue Jays acquired RHP Jeremy Jeffress from the Royals for future cash considerations.

Jeffress was designated for assignment by the Royals last week after failing to make a good impression this summer at Triple-A Omaha. The hard-throwing 25-year-old has already been suspended twice for marijuana and could be banned from baseball if he gets caught again.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 01:25:00 PM

Royals designated RHP Jeremy Jeffress for assignment.

Jeffress hasn't pitched very well at Triple-A or in the majors the last two years. He's only 25 and can throw in the upper 90s, though, so there's a pretty good chance he'll draw interest on waivers.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 02:53:00 PM

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