List of Jays 2006 Minor League Free Agents

Each year there are many minor league players who are allowed to seek deals with other clubs. A minor league free agent is a player that has been in the minors for at least six years, or a player that had signed a one-year minor league deal that has expired. Below are the list of players that are eligible for free agency from the Blue Jays minor league system:

1B Kevin Barker (Syracuse SkyChiefs)
Barker has been a consistent force at Triple-A the past two seasons and is an outstanding veteran for an organization to have. The Blue Jays would like to bring back Barker.

P Adrian Burnside Syracuse SkyChiefs)
The southpaw has been a solid arm for Toronto the past two seasons, but Burnside will be looking at other organizations that could give him a fair chance to play in the majors.

OF Ron Davenport (Dunedin Blue Jays, New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
Davenport had plain bad luck this season. After a 0-for-28 slump for New Hampshire to begin the season he was demoted down to Dunedin. Although his at bats were solid for New Hampshire, he was hitting the ball to the wrong spot. His development regressed in 2006 and Davenport could be looking for a fresh start.

C Michael DiRosa (Dunedin Blue Jays)
The Jays signed DiRosa late in 2006 when they needed some catching depth. It's unlikely he will be back.

P Evan Fahrner (New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
Fahrner was acquired in a midseason trade from the Phillies organization. His future with Toronto is up in the air.

SS Luis Figueroa (Syracuse SkyChiefs)
Figueroa was signed to a one-year deal during the winter and was given a chance with the parent club over the summer. The Blue Jays would like to bring him back.

P Jeff Gilmore (Pulaski Blue Jays)
After being drafted by the Mariners in 2005, the Blue Jays signed Gilmore to a one-year deal. With the Jays down to just five affiliates, he might not be back.

P Tom Gornati (Dunedin Blue Jays)
Gornati was signed from the Giants last winter and spent the entire 2006 season with Dunedin.

P Benjamin Howard (Syracuse SkyChiefs)
The Jays signed Howard when they needed depth in the pitching department for their Triple-A club. It's unlikely he will be back.

P Jeremy King (Dunedin Blue Jays)
King was signed this summer after being released by the Yankees. The future is undetermined for the reliever.

Josh Kreuzer (Dunedin Blue Jays)
After being signed as a minor league free agent last winter, Kreuzer began the season strong for Dunedin, but injuries cut his season short.

C Craig Kuzmic (New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
The catcher was signed by Toronto late in 2006 when they needed catching depth.

OF Wayne Lydon (Syracuse SkyChiefs)
The Jays would love to bring back their speedster from this past season, but Lydon might be looking for an organization that fits betters to his playing style.

C Mike Mahoney (Syracuse SkyChiefs)
Mahoney was signed this past winter to provide catching depth. He's not expected to be back.

SS Manny Mayorson (New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
Mayorson is a gold glove candidate, whose bat is progressing. It would be a luxury and a positive for Toronto to bring him back.

OF Chad Mottola (Syracuse SkyChiefs)
The minor-league veteran could be looking for a fresh organization to continue his career with.

P Rodney Ormond (New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Syracuse SkyChiefs)
Ormond struggled at Triple-A this past season and could be looking for another organization.

IF Juan Peralta (Dunedin Blue Jays)
After missing the second half of 2005 with an injury, Peralta was not very impressive with Dunedin in 2006. His career as a Jay might have seen its final days.

P Jason Scobie (Syracuse SkyChiefs)
Scobie was signed after the Mets released him this summer. He is not expected to be back with Toronto.

IF Raul Tablado (New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
Due to various issues, we think it's safe to say that Tablado, who spent the entire season on the 60-day disabled list, will not be a member of the Jays organization in 2007.

P Milton Tavarez (Dunedin Blue Jays)
Tavarez never received the promotion to the higher levels from Toronto and we believe he will be looking elsewhere.

P Tracy Thorpe (New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
The hard-throwing right-hander could be looking for a new organization if he's not put on the 40-man roster by Toronto.

P Brian Wolfe (Dunedin Blue Jays, New Hampshire Fisher Cats)
Acquired in an off-season trade, Wolfe spent the second half of the season with New Hampshire after struggling with Dunedin. He did not have better luck with New Hampshire, and is not likely to be back.

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