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Royals claim righty Maikel Cleto off waivers from Cardinals, DFA outfielder Quintin Berry

Jun 23, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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As first reported by Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have claimed hard-throwing right-handed reliever Maikel Cleto off waivers from the Cardinals and designated outfielder Quintin Berry for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Cleto, a 24-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, was traded from the Mariners to the Cardinals back in December 2010 in exchange for shortstop Brendan Ryan. Featuring a fastball that can sometimes reach triple digits, he struck out 26 batters in his 15 2/3 total innings with St. Louis. But he also yielded a total of seven walks, 25 hits and 18 earned runs for a hideous 2.04 WHIP and 10.34 ERA.

Berry, a former member of the Tigers, was batting .194/.265/.290 this year at Triple-A Omaha.

  1. rbj1 - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Second DFA for Quintin this season. Maybe he should call Cashman.

  2. spudchukar - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Kinda means the Cards just gave away Ryan. And while Cleto has tempting stuff, his results at the big league level have been atrocious and with the young arms who have impressed upon call-ups it is no wonder he was expendable.

    • albertmn - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Although, given that Ryan can’t hit a lick, they aren’t out much even if Cleto was claimed.

    • tanzkommandant - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      Getting anything for Ryan was a steal.

  3. westcoastredbird - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Cleto like Boggs and Marte have taken the term pitching to contact to a whole new level.

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