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No one wants Russ Canzler

Feb 1, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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I sure hope Russ Canzler doesn’t buy a new shirt and equipment bag each time he lands on a new team. If he did he’d go broke.

The Yankees just designated Canzler for assignment. This came after the Indians designated him for assignment. Which came after the Blue Jays designated him for assignment. Which came after the Indians designated him for assignment. All of that happened since the 2012 season ended. Before that he was with the Rays.

Canzler is no great shakes — he hit  just .269/.299/.498 in 97 plate appearances last year in the majors — but he was the International League MVP in 2011 after posting a .938 OPS, 18 homers and 83 RBI in 131 games for the Durham Bulls. You’d think that would at least buy him a stable spot on someone’s roster for 2013. But I guess he must still keep circling the chairs, waiting for the music to stop.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    He seems to be a fine AAAA player. For a while, I thought that the Jays would keep him, but they needed the roster spot for someone else.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      I see a Red Sox signing in Canzler’s future for 3 years / $39MM sounds about right.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        He would be better than Overbay.

  2. snowbirdgothic - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Is it wrong of me to look at his slash line, look at Delmon Young’s, and get depressed?

  3. geoknows - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Considering the Indians have already designated him twice this offseason, perhaps they will claim him again and go for the trifecta.

  4. 13arod - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    wouldn’t surprise me if rays get him back

  5. skerney - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Shirts and equipment bags are free to players, Craig.

  6. paint771 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Or look at it this way, Craig. EVERYBODY wants Russ Canzler!

  7. cackalackyank - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I think the more interesting question that this news brings is what is the plan now for utility infield type help? If I recall correctly, Canzler was the early fave to be the back up for several positions. I know Nunez is considered the backup at SS only now. I actually heard a serious suggestion that hafner be Texiera’s back up, but who would back up Youk or Cano? Is Nix still around?

    • furryroadkill - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Would like to know who made that serious suggestion about him backing up Tex….he can still be productive as a DH, but body parts will spontaneously fall off after an inning or two in the field.

    • jwbiii - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Nix was outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

      • cackalackyank - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Ahh, gone but not forgotten.

  8. kubdiggitydawg - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    How don’t you give Canzler a shot? So the Rays give him 3 @ bats and he has an RBI, and yet the stinky Indians continue playing the likes of Damon, Kotchman, Hafner. He had 93 @ bats with the Indians and managed to outperform more than half of the Indians statistically. Dude is a home run machine, and a team will know how this will play out when they finally give him a chance.

  9. superpriebe - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I see this the opposite way – a LOT of people want him. It reminds me of Jose Bautista getting passed around in 2004. This is certainly different, but in retrospect it’s not hard to see why everyone wanted Bautista, and it’s also not hard to see why he was passed up so many times.

    For the record, I’m not predicting that Canzler becomes Bautista. Just saying that he is clearly wanted.

  10. sanzarq - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Sounds like it’s time to become an Insurance Agent.

  11. brandedthefirst - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Roids

  12. sisqsage - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    He spent some time with the Durham Bulls? He must have run into a Susan Sarandon type. He’s had bad luck ever since.

    • snowbirdgothic - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      More likely a Duke grad student.

  13. steelers88 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Hope the Pirates take a shot at him. You never know with players.

  14. Old Gator - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I’m surprised the Feesh haven’t grabbed someone they could have so cheaply.

  15. Kevin Gillman - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    You know Craig, here’s a possibility, other teams do not claim the guy, and he stays in the Yankees organization, and is called up when/if Hafner gets hurt. It’s not like he is awful, and we have seen worse. I’ll always be a fan of his, since he tore it up for the Indians organization and had a decent September. So, who knows.

  16. mpic92 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Craig- that slash line you posted is wrong. It was 269/.299/.398, not a .498 SLG %. That jumped out at me right away. Now the lack of interest seems a little less surprising.

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