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A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today

Dec 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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Today we saw an unusual amount of players claimed off waivers. They can probably best be described as 40-man roster stocking stuffers. Here’s a quick look at the busy day of transactions:

The Blue Jays claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the White Sox

Morel hit 10 homers in 126 games with the White Sox in 2011, but he has only appeared in 47 games at the major league level since. The 26-year-old hit .266/.349/.403 with six home runs and 54 RBI over 106 games with Triple-A Charlotte this past year.

The White Sox claimed left-hander Eric Surkamp off waivers from the Giants

Surkamp was hit hard in his lone start with the Giants this season, but he had a 2.80 ERA and 71/23 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings over 16 starts between High-A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno. This was his first year back from Tommy John surgery. He’s not a hard-thrower, usually sitting in the 85-89 mph range, but has averaged 10.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in the minors.

The Rays claimed first baseman Jerry Sands off waivers from the Pirates

Acquired from the Red Sox last winter in the Joel Hanrahan deal, Sands really struggled at the Triple-A level this year, hitting just .207/.311/.329 with seven home runs and 34 RBI over 106 games. A right-handed batter, the 26-year-old struck out in 24 percent of his plate appearances with the Dodgers from 2011-2012.

The Orioles claimed right-hander Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Cubs

Hendriks was just claimed off waivers from the Twins last week, but he’s on the move again. The 24-year-old Aussie has enjoyed great success in the minors thanks to his pinpoint control, but he owns an ugly 6.06 ERA over 28 starts and two relief appearances at the major league level.

The Cubs claimed right-hander Brett Marshall off waivers from the Yankees

Marshall posted a 5.13 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 120/68 K/BB ratio in 25 starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013 and didn’t make much of an impression in two brief stints with the big club. Still, he doesn’t turn 24 until March and isn’t too far removed from being one of the Yankees’ better pitching prospects.

The Mets claimed right-hander Ryan Reid off waivers from the Pirates

Reid allowed two earned runs in 11 innings during his first taste of the big leagues this past season and owns a 3.87 ERA and 9.0 K/9 over parts of eight seasons in the minors, almost exclusively as a reliever. He turns 29 in April.

The Rangers claimed outfielder Alex Castellanos off waivers from the Red Sox

Castellanos was acquired from the Dodgers in October in exchange for outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, but he was designated for assignment earlier this month to clear a spot for Mike Napoli on the 40-man roster. While the 27-year-old owns an impressive .288/.362/.502 batting line with 85 homers and 109 stolen bases over 615 minor league games, he has only appeared in 24 games at the major league level.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Wow what a pick up by the jays!! That should put them over the top now!

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      From your station in life, anything above a basement window probably looks like the heights.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        now my only question to that comment is did you write that statement as you were driving around your house in your hoveround or were you sitting on the toilet? Just curious is all

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        I guess toilet humor passes for sophistication in your family. Or, it would if you could even spell “sophistication.” What never wavers in your case is your irremediable predictability. Then again, being an adolescent, your range of possible comments is constricted by definition.

      • vivabear - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Gator – you shld be the last person to chide others about predictability. You’re an repetitive, unoriginal douche bag.

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Me, repetitive? Me, repetitive?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Have a Mary Christmas Harry.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        and you have a crappy new year just like I know you will when opening day starts

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Try prunes or bran flakes for your problem and enjoy watching the old timers games at Yankee Stadium.

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        A new low, even for a gutter-level lowlife like you.

  2. Ayana Rashed - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  3. hittfamily - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Really surprised Chance Ruffin wasn’t picked up by anybody. First round pick in 2010, and now at 25, nobody wants him, even when he’s free.

    • strictlythedanks - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      no one will take a “chance”

      • karlkolchak - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:08 AM

        Chances are, Ruffin is ruined.

      • gloccamorra - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        When the team that drafted a player in the supplemental first round trades him away after less than a year in the minors and two innings of major league work, other clubs might think something is wrong. Detroit, DID get Doug Fister in the deal, though. The fact he couldn’t stick with Seattle is more problematic. It might not be talent but those nasty “intangibles” getting in the way. Once you’ve become the player to be named later, or a club considers you the expendable waiver guy, it’s a hard rep to shake.

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    These guy seem to be roster fodder for the Triple A teams. Some will probably be waived again in a couple of weeks in the hope that nobody claims them.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Thank God for roster Fodder, otherwise the jays wouldn’t be able to field a team!!

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        The Jays Care Foundation has bought a supply of Geritol for the Yankees as a Christmas gift.

      • Old Gator - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Thank Buddha for monotony, or you’d have to be making emotional adjustments well beyond your capabilities on a moment-to-moment basis.

  5. bmace33 - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Nice article R.J. It’s Brett Marshall not Brent.

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