Jays Agree to Terms with Machi

Jays Agree to Terms with Machi

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Jean Machi to a Major League contract on Tuesday. Machi was declared a free agent when he failed to reach an agreement with his former organization, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Machi, who will turn 24-years-old in February, spent the 2006 season pitching for Double-A Montgomery. The 6'0, 170 pound, right-hander posted a 6-1 record with 16 saves and a 2.64 ERA in 49 relief appearances. In 71 2/3 innings he allowed 68 hits and struck out 68 batters.

The El Tigre, Venezuela native was originally signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000. Machi spent parts of three seasons pitching in the Venezuelan Summer League before coming over to the States. In 2000 he went 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA in 24 innings with La Victoria. In 2001, pitching for Mariara, he went 8-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 56 2/3 innings. He began the 2002 season with Mariara, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 11 2/3 innings, before being promoted to the Gulf Coast League. He finished the year going 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings with the GCL Phillies.

Machi began the 2003 year with Batavia in the NY-Penn League and went 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA in 32 innings. In 2004 he pitched in the Venezuelan Summer League again and went 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 41 1/3 innings. He was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Devil Rays on December 13, 2004.

He was selected as a California League mid-season All-Star in 2005.

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