Blue Jays claim Pat Venditte off waivers


The Toronto Blue Jays signed reliever Pat Venditte to a contract after claiming him off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. They designated Darwin Barney for assignment to make room for him.

Venditte was no great shakes in the bigs in his first season, posting a 4.40 ERA in 28 and two-thirds innings while striking out 23 and walking 12. But he’s fun at least given that he’s ambidextrous and throws with each arm. If only he threw with them a bit better, he’d have a better chance to stick someplace.

He’ll not be on the Blue Jays’ playoff roster, of course. But he has already gifted Jays beat writers an easy story next spring by virtue of his presence at training camp in Dunedin.