BLUE JAYS SIGN
FORMER SKYCHIEF BILLY KOCH
Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent pitcher Billy Koch to
a one-year contract worth $900,000 (US).
The 30-year-old native of Rockville Center, New York has appeared
in 380 games in his Major League career, posting a record of 29-25
with 163 saves and a 3.89 ERA. In the 2004 season, the right-handed
reliever split time between Chicago (AL) and Florida. He posted
a 1-1 record with eight saves and a 5.40 ERA in 24 games with
the White Sox, before being dealt to Florida for a minor league
prospect and cash on June 17. In 23 games with the Marlins, he
posted a 1-2 mark with a 3.51 ERA.
Koch, 6-3, 220 lb., was the Blue Jays' first round selection and
the fourth pick overall in the June 1996 draft. He spent the first
three years of his Major League career with Toronto (1999-2001)
compiling an 11-13 record with 100 saves and a 3.57 ERA. He was
traded to Oakland in December 2001 in return for 3B Eric Hinske
and RHP Justin Miller.
made two starts for the SkyChiefs at the end of the 1998 season
(0-2, 14.29 ERA, 9 K, 5.2 IP) and five more in the beginning of
the 1999 season (3-0, 3.86 ERA, 22 K, 25.2 IP) before being promoted
to Toronto on May 5, 1999.