Orioles claim Canzler
The Orioles have claimed infielder Russ Canzler off waivers from the Yankees, designating catcher Luis Martinez for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Canzler was DFA’ed by New York last week to clear a roster spot for Travis Hafner, and the expectation was that the Yankees would probably lose the 26-year-old –who was claimed by three other teams this winter– to another club.
The Yankees claimed Canzler on January 4th, the Indians claimed him on January 2nd and the Blue Jays claimed him on December 21st.
Canzler is a career .278/.347/.472 hitter in nine Minor League seasons with the Cubs, Tampa Bay and Cleveland. He has hit .271/.304/.396 in 29 Major League games in 2011 (Tampa Bay) and 2012 (Cleveland). In 31 major league plate appearances against left-handed pitching, Canzler has hit .400/.419/.667.
Martinez, 27, is a career .272/.362/.364 hitter in six minor league seasons in the San Diego (2007-11) and Texas (2012) systems. In 2012, Martinez batted .270/.350/.386 in 65 games with Triple-A Round Rock and also appeared in 10 games for the Rangers, going 2-for-18. He was originally drafted by San Diego in the 12th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft.
Zion Lutheran Church will hold its third annual baseball talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 in the church’s sanctuary, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York. This year’s event again features: Mel Antonen, baseball writer for SI.com, baseball panelist for MASN and Sirius/XM talk show host; Dan Connolly, Orioles/national baseball writer for The Baltimore Sun; and Jim Seip, York Revolution beat writer for the York Daily Record/York Sunday News. The writers will present their thoughts on the upcoming baseball season – Orioles, Phillies, all MLB, plus the York Revolution and the Atlantic League — and will answer questions from the audience. There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church’s youth ministry program. For more information, contact the church at 717-767-4673.