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Rays claim Brandon Allen off waivers from A’s

Apr 19, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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When the A’s designated Brandon Allen for assignment last week I wrote that based on his minor-league track record plenty of teams would be smart to snag him off waivers.

Sure enough a contending team did just that according to Allen’s agent, who says the first baseman/corner outfielder was claimed by Tampa Bay.

Allen is a flawed player, striking out too much and offering little defensive value, and he’s yet to experience any success in the majors. However, he’s also still just 26 years old and has hit .286 with 59 homers and a .956 OPS in 253 games at Triple-A.

Tampa Bay and manager Joe Maddon are great at mixing and matching spare parts to magnify their usefulness, so it’s a good landing spot for Allen assuming the Rays can find some room for his left-handed bat in the lineup.

  1. detroitfanatic - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Not a good fit for Tampa. He will be insurance for Pena and Scott, but won’t sniff the Majors unless one of them ends up on the DL. He might take Vogt’s spot today, but Vogt was going down when Upton returned anyways. The Rays need a lefty of the bench, but not a firstbaseman. They need a platoon for Rodriguez. Joyce, Zobrist (s), Pena, and Scott are all lefites, and there is no room for Allen.

  2. scatterbrian - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Still just 26, but 26 is kind of old for a dude in Allen’s position. If you haven’t broken through to the majors by 26, odds are you won’t…or you won’t last very long.

  3. mikeincmn - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Not a bad pick up for them in my eyes. Allen is obviously a very flawed player, but considering the Rays have nothing to lose here, I don’t see the harm. Worst case scenario is he ends up being a bust for yet another club and is cut loose on waivers. Best case is he turns out to be like Carlos Pena who showed flashes, but didnt break through until later in his career and in Tampa.

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