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More Positive Fallout From Dutch WBC Run

It was almost an eventuality that someone would take a shot with former Orioles ace Sidney Ponson after the Netherlands' shocking run in the recent World Baseball Classic. That anyone else would get a chance was much less clear.

Yet, that's exactly what seems to be happening. According to Globe and Mail sports columnist Jeff Blair (he broke the news on his Twitter feed, of all places), the Blue Jays signed Dutch reliever Leon Boyd to a minor league deal. Terms of the agreement weren't disclosed, but it's pretty safe to say it's for a good deal less than $1 million, so it's fairly small potatoes financially.

Boyd, a Canadian native with a Dutch mother, spent last year in the Dutch professional league before serving as the closer for the Netherlands for the team's WBC run.

Naturally, this hardly means that Boyd will get a job with the Blue Jays. Rather, he's much more likely to spend the next year or two in far-flung locales, traveling on buses and waiting to get a shot at more major leaguers like the ones from the Dominican Republic that he mowed through.

Of course, even that is a big step up from the Dutch league, and hey, who knows? Maybe Boyd will get that chance sooner rather than later, and end up being a big hit.

At least he's worth a shot, and if you ask me, he's not the only one on that Dutch roster who is. We'll see if more signings come, but its definitely a trend worth keeping an eye on.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 20, 2009; 10:23 AM ET
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That's cool.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 20, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's be fair here, Sidney Ponson was NEVER the Orioles' "ace."

Posted by: Russtinator | March 23, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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