BLUE JAYS WELCOME
BACK HUCKABY & WALKER
Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Ken Huckaby and RHP Pete
Walker to minor league contracts and extended Spring Training
invitations to both players.
Huckaby has appeared in 118 games at the Major League level, 93
of those with Toronto in the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The 6-1, 210
lb. native of San Leandro, California batted .243 with the Blue
Jays with three home runs and 24 RBI. Huckaby, who turns 34 this
month, has also suited up with Arizona (2001), Baltimore (2004)
and Texas (2004). He holds a .227 career batting average. Last
season, he appeared in eight games with the Orioles and 16 with
Rangers and combined to hit .140 (7-50) with three doubles.
also played in 96 games for the SkyChiefs during his time in the
Blue Jays organization, posting a combined batting average of
.287 with three home runs and 34 RBI.
Walker spent the 2004 season in Japan after having his contract
purchased from Toronto by the Yokohama BayStars of the Central
League. He pitched to a 2-4 record with a 6.80 ERA in 10 games/starts
with the BayStars. The 35-year-old native of Beverly, Massachusetts
has appeared in 80 games, 27 starts, in the Major Leagues with
the Mets (1995 & 2001 - 2002), Padres (1996), Rockies (2000)
and Blue Jays (2002 - 2003). The 6-2, 195 lb. right-handed pitcher
has a career record of 13-7 with a save and a 4.71 ERA.
made five starts for the SkyChiefs during the 2003 season while
on a rehabilitation assignment from the Blue Jays. In those five
starts, he allowed 10 runs in 13.1 innings of work.