Jeff Duncan Signs With Jays As A Free Agent

It's becoming something of a pattern for the Dodgers. Each year they survey their minor league personnel and decide there's a need for more speed. So, they acquire a swiftie from another organization. In 2004 it was Alex Requena; in 2005, Todd Donovan. They could run but were lacking in other skills so were let go. Thus, in 2006 they brought in Jeff Duncan, Now he's gone, too.

Duncan, an outfielder, was signed as a free agent in January and spent the season with Las Vegas. He did exactly what was asked of him, batting in the top of the order, running when he got on base. He hit .299 and stole 21 of 29 bases. But he's never had much power-hitting six home runs for the 51's - so rather than being brought up, was let go to free agency. Now, he's signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He had made it up to the big leagues before- in 2003 and 2004, both times with the Mets. However, a .182 average up on top caused them to let him go. He signed with the Padres, became a free agent again, then joined the Dodgers. Now, the 28-year-old will be with his fourth organization.