Canzler was designated for assignment by New York in order to make room for Travis Hafner, and the Orioles took advantage to claim him off waivers in hopes of adding some depth, I guess anywhere. Russ, now 26 years old, has played several positions, but will likely be added depth to first base and left field.
He has had a pretty wild offseason as he had been claimed by three other teams before Baltimore claimed him on Tuesday. Canzler was claimed by Toronto on December 21, Cleveland Indians on January 2, and the Yankees on January 4.
Canzler has a career .278 average with 108 homers, 484 RBI and a .347 OBP in 868 career minor league games, while in 29 career games in the big leagues, he has hit .271 with three homers and a .304 OBP.
Although he does have the potential to be a solid big league player, but perhaps the biggest attraction to the Orioles is Canzler's ability to hit left handed pitching as in 31 career Major League plate appearances, he has hit .400 with a .667 slugging percentage. Russ will head into Spring Training simply competing for a roster spot as Baltimore now has several guys just competing for a bench spot: Wilson Betemit, Danny Valencia, Trayvon Robinson, Yamaico Navarro, Ryan Flaherty, and Xavier Avery.
In order to make room on the 40 man roster, the Orioles designated for assignment C Luis Martinez who has just 18 career Major League at bats. Baltimore now has three catchers on the 40 man roster, Matt Wieters, Taylor Teagarden and Luis Exposito, which is no surprise that these three are the catchers of choice.
Spring Training is just five days away and the excitement is brewing, Let's Go O's!
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