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Nobody (and everybody!) wants poor David Pauley

Jul 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT


Yesterday the Blue Jays designated David Pauley for assignment, meaning the 29-year-old left-hander is back to his familiar home on the waiver wire.

It seems like Pauley has been designated for assignment, claimed, signed, and released about once a week for the past year, so I checked the Rotoworld transaction database to see the reliever’s travel history for the past 12 months.

It’s pretty amazing:

July 30, 2011: Traded from Mariners to Tigers

March 12, 2012: Released by Tigers

March 23, 2012: Signed to minor-league contract by Angels

May 7, 2012: Called up from Triple-A by Angels

May 24, 2012: Designated for assignment by Angels

May 25, 2012: Cleared waivers, assigned to Triple-A by Angels

June 12, 2012: Called up from Triple-A by Angels

June 18, 2012: Designated for assignment by Angels

June 20, 2012: Claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

July 2, 2012: Designated for assignment by Blue Jays

So in a little more than 11 months he’s been on four teams, including the Angels twice. He’s been on waivers three times, passing through unclaimed twice, and has been designated for assignment or outright released four times.

Oh, and Pauley has managed to find time to throw 36 innings with a 6.19 ERA in 24 appearances since the Mariners and Tigers started his travels with a trade last July 30. Pauley’s birthday was June 17. I hope someone bought him some nice luggage.

  1. natstowngreg - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Look up “itinerant” in the dictionary (or Wikipedia) and one will find a picture of David Pauley.

    [Yeah, yeah, other players have been more itinerant, but they weren’t DFA’d yesterday. Let poor David have his 15 minutes.]

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    We don’t want him, you can have him. He’s no good for us.

  3. mariner425 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Either early last year or the year before, Pauley was starting a game for the M’s. As he was heading out to the field from the bullpen, I yelled “give em hell Pauley” or something else. He turns back and looks towards me with a wierd deer in the headlights look. He goes out and gets shelled. I don’t think he ever started for the M’s again.

  4. mick816 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    He’s from my town, though he went to the rival high school. But I’d love for the Rockies to bring him home. Even though they dont kinow how to use thier pitchers.

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