Orioles claim Canzler on waivers from Yankees

Orioles claim Canzler on waivers from Yankees
February 5, 2013, 5:00 pm

The Orioles claimed Russ Canzler on waivers from the New York Yankees Tuesday afternoon. The Orioles have listed him as an infielder, but Canzler has played 11 major league games as a left fielder and eight as a first baseman.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated catcher Luis Martinez for assignment.

Canzler made his major league debut in 2011, playing three games for Tampa Bay. The Rays sold him to Cleveland, and last season, Canzler played 26 games with a .269 average, hitting three home runs and 11 RBIs with the Indians.

“Canzler is an experienced right handed batter with power who can compete for time at first base, outfield and DH who is especially good versus left handed pitching,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

In 30 major league at-bats against left-handed pitcher, Canzler has a .400 average.

This off-season has been a busy one for Canzler, on paper at least. On Dec. 21, he was claimed by Toronto. Thirteen days later, Cleveland reclaimed him, and two days after that, he was regifted to New York.

A month and a day after the Yankees claimed him, he was picked up by the Orioles.

Martinez was claimed on waivers by the Orioles on Jan. 4, and if he goes unclaimed, the team would probably try to bring him to camp for catching depth.