When David Stearns hasn't been signing minor league pitchers this winter, he's been playing - and losing - waiver wire roulette; claiming and then waiving several players in hopes of sneaking them through to the minors without having them on the 40-man roster.
He's done it with outfielder Adam Walker, who was quickly claimed by Baltimore. Reliever Steve Geltz was outrighted by the Brewers shortly after being claimed and elected free agency. Now Blake Parker, who was claimed a month ago today from the Angels, has been re-claimed by the Halos.
Well-traveled Blake Parker is on the move again. https://t.co/GxpXs63GzF— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) December 23, 2016
It's been a back-and-forth kind of offseason for Parker, who was originally claimed by LA on October 5th, but was designated for assignment ahead of the Rule 5 draft protection deadline. He's pitched in parts of four seasons for three teams in his big league career and could have had a chance at making the Brewers' wide-open bullpen this spring.
Waiving Parker creates an open spot on the Brewers' 40-man roster, which was filled with the recent signing of Tommy Milone. It'll be interesting to see if a corresponding signing is announced soon to fill that open spot. The Brewers remain in the market for a late-inning reliever and several options remain available in free agency.
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