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December 09, 2005


Texas signed pitcher JAYSON DUROCHER and JOSE SILVA to minor-league contracts.

Durocher has wandered around Organized Baseball for twelve years and has 55 Major-League innings to his credit. Montreal selected him in the ninth round of the 1993 draft. The White Sox swiped him in the 1996 Rule 5 draft but returned him just before the 1997 season began. He spent 2000 with San Diego (AA, AAA) , 2001 with Texas (AA, AAA), and in 2002 posted some fine numbers as a rookie with Milwaukee: 1.88 ERA, 48 baserunners and 44 strikeouts in 48 innings. Various injuries ruined his 2003, and he didn’t pitch at all in 2004-2005 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Durocher is 31.

Silva hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2002 and spent 2005 in Mexico. He has a career ERA of 5.41 (83 ERA+) split among 53 starts and 101 relief appearances. He sports adequate control and strikeouts and a lousy hit rate. Silva turns 32 in a few days.

Posted by Lucas at December 9, 2005 06:40 PM