Laffey back in familiar territory with Toronto

Laffey back in familiar territory with Toronto

BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Aaron Laffey's career has come full circle in just a matter of months.

Laffey and the Blue Jays parted ways at the end of last season when the seven-year veteran agreed to a Minor League deal with the Mets. Fast forward to April and Laffey finds himself back in Toronto after the club claimed him off waivers from New York.

The 28-year-old joined the Blue Jays prior to their game on Wednesday afternoon against the Orioles and will serve as the long reliever while also potentially being available for spot starts when necessary.

"It was funny, because all day, just hanging around during the day I got claimed, I actually had a Blue Jays dry-fit on because I was getting ready to play catch," Laffey said. "Then I got the call, and I was on the phone talking to my wife, and when the Mets told me it was the Blue Jays, I just pointed to my shirt to my wife.

"It was just funny, I've been with a couple of different teams now, so I knew the possibility of getting picked up was pretty likely. Not that the beginning of the season would be the determining factor on whether a team would claim me or not."

Laffey signed an offseason deal with the Mets because he felt like it was his best opportunity to win a job on a Major League roster. He was able to do that, but a rough start to the season ultimately ended up costing him the opportunity.

The native of Maryland appeared in four games for New York -- including two starts -- and allowed eight runs in 10 innings. The Mets were quick to pull the plug, but Toronto immediately made a move at least in part because of the role Laffey had with the organization last year.

During the 2012 campaign, Laffey appeared in 22 games for Toronto and posted a 4.56 ERA in 100 2/3 innings. He was a member of the starting rotation from the end of June until the end of the season after the club suffered a series of injuries to its rotation.

If there's one major positive to take away from the roller-coaster start to the year for Laffey, it's that he's back in familiar territory.

"For me, the people that I draw to the most are the people that I recognize, so for me it hasn't really changed a ton," Laffey said. "From the outside looking in you see a lot of new names and faces, but I've played against all of these guys, so pretty much any club you go into, you're going to know people and recognize everybody, so for me it's not really that big of a change."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.