Ryan Langerhans elects free agency

Ryan Langerhans swinging a bat. - Brad White

Normally there would be no reason for us to make a post out of this but there really hasn't been anything else to talk about. But as they say, no news is good news, right?

Late-season roster saviour Ryan Langerhans has elected free agency, according to MLB Trade Rumors, who spotted the move in the MLB.com transactions page.

Langerhans had quite a season: he first arrived in the Blue Jays organization after signing as a minor league free agent (with a spring training invite) on December 19, 2013, the same day Ramon Ortiz signed and Mickey Storey was claimed from the Astros. Back then I even quipped that "if you want to see these three play in 2013, I'd suggest purchasing tickets to games at Buffalo's Coca-Cola FIeld." Welp!

He started the season with the AAA Buffalo Bisons and was one of their primary corner outfielders, but he struggled at the plate and was released on June 21 to relatively little fanfare. He then went to the independent leagues and signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters a week later, leading them to playoff contention. Then when every single starting outfielder for the Bisons got promoted to the Blue Jays after Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista, and Melky Cabrera went down with injury, the Bisons re-signed Langerhans to play out the remaining week or so of the minor league season to try and push for a playoff spot. The Bisons would get eliminated from contention and Langerhans was given his walking papers again. By this time he Skeeters got into the Atlantic League playoffs so he hopped back onto that team and played for a few weeks. One week after the Skeeters were defeated in the playoffs, more people on the Blue Jays roster went down and the Toronto organization came knocking again.

So that's three separate stints with the organization in one season, saving the roster of two teams.

Langerhans ended up playing four games for the Blue Jays as a first baseman wearing Mike McCoy's #18. He hit .273/.385/.273 with a couple of walks and strikeouts each in 13 plate appearances. I wonder where he's heading next?

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