Orioles claim Russ Canzler off waivers

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When the Yankees made the Travis Hafner signing official, they designated right handed hitting outfielder Russ Canzler for assignment to make room for him on the 40-man roster.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the Yankees lost him as he could clear waivers and get assigned to the minors. However, the Baltimore Orioles announced today that they have claimed Canzler off waivers officially making him an ex-Yankee.

Canzler’s career in Pinstripes certainly wasn’t long. He was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Jan. 4. The idea was to bring Canzler to camp and have him compete for a spot as a right handed hitting outfield. The Yankees much have thought the trio of Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera, and Thomas Neal made him expendable though.

Canzler, 27 in April, has played in just 29 major league games over parts of two seasons. Over that time he hit .271/.304/.396. He hit .265/.328/.487 in 130 games in Triple-A last year and did well against lefty pitchers.

The Yankees will make some attempt to replace Canzler. Brian Cashman said that he was still in the market for a right handed hitting outfielder. There aren’t many, or even any, options on the free agent market. They also already sat out a chance to trade for a impact bat in Justin Upton because his $12.83 million annual luxury tax hit was too expensive. So if they do add another outfielder don’t expect it to be a big name.

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