And now for the most exciting news of the offseason, via Buster Olney:
Yankees have claimed 1B-DH Russ Canzler on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. A right-handed hitter, as they’ve been looking for.
Okay, Buster, I don’t honestly believe that Canzler is the right hander the Yankees have been looking for and neither do you.
So far this Winter, Canzler has given poor Eli Whiteside a run for his money in the “Who can be passed around the most before Spring Training?” contest having been claimed off waivers three times. First by the Blue Jays then the Indians and now the Yankees.
Canzler has a .270/.304/.396 line in 102 MLB plate appearances the past two seasons with Rays and Indians.
Brien: Like Stacey, I don’t really think that Canzler is the right-hander the Yankees have been looking for, which makes it even more interesting that they’re willing to potentially DFA someone in order to claim him. They have a full 40 man roster right now, and thanks to filling the roster with middle tier prospects they don’t have that many obviously disposable pieces there. In that vein, I actually find myself wondering what the odds that Dellin Betances doesn’t survive the winter are.
Update: It was Chris Dickerson who drew the DFA card. That makes sense, what with the Yankees looking for right-handed bench players and all.