Jeremy Accardo, best known for his days with the Toronto Blue Jays, has signed with the Independent Bridgeport Bluefish, according to a recent Bluefish press release.
Accardo attended Illinois State University and was signed by the San Francisco Giants as a free agent in 2003. Within two years he made his Major League debut. He was traded to the Blue Jays for Vinnie Chulk and Shea Hillenbrand, and did an admirable job for them. Without a doubt, 2007 was his best year. He racked up 30 saves for Jays to go along with four wins. He posted a stellar 2.14 ERA in 67 innings and held opponents to a .206 batting average against.
Over eight professional seasons, Accardo has appeared in over 262 games, compiling a 10-20 record and a 4.30 ERA. He last appeared in a Major League game in 2012 for the Oakland Athletics. After being granted free agency by the Athletics, he signed with the Washington Nationals and spent the entire 2013 season at Triple A Syracuse. He went 2-1 with ERA just under 5.60.
In June of 2013 Accardo received his walking papers from the Nationals.
As is the case when longtime pro's run out of options, there are always the Indy leagues. Indy ball is a great way to get your career back on track, and to regain the form that made them successful at the next level. Accardo signed with the Long Island Ducks in May of 2014, his first independent season. Before signing with the Bluefish, he appeared in 37 games with the Ducks, unfortunately, the numbers were very reminiscent of his numbers in Syracuse. His 4-7 record, 1.578 WHIP, and 4.89 ERA may not be the most confidence inspiring numbers in the world, but Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw is confident in their newest acquisition.
“Jeremy veteran ballplayer that will fit well in our bullpen,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “We’re excited to bring him on board and look forward to his contributions the rest of the season.”