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Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo to one-year, $1.08 million deal

Blue Jays' Accardo and McDonald leave the field  during the 11th inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

Toronto Blue Jays Jeremy Accardo leaves the field with John McDonald (L) after giving up the lead to the Chicago White Sox during the 11th inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Non-tendered by the Blue Jays because they didn’t want to give him a raise on his 2010 salary of $1.08 million, Jeremy Accardo has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth ... $1.08 million.

Accardo had a breakout season for the Blue Jays in 2007, saving 30 games with a 2.14 ERA in 67 innings, but he’s thrown a grand total of just 44 innings in the three seasons since then thanks to arm problems and ineffectiveness.

He spent most of this year at Triple-A, where his nice-looking 3.48 ERA and 24 saves masked an underwhelming 26/15 K/BB ratio and .306 opponents’ batting average in 44 innings.

At his peak Accardo averaged 94-95 miles per hour with his fastball, but his average velocity was down to 92.8 mph in a handful of appearances with the Blue Jays this year.