Minor Matters: Accardo, Laffey, Chavez

SARASOTA, FL - MARCH 07: Pitcher Jeremy Accardo #50 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the New York Yankees during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Ed Smith Stadium on March 7, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

A couple of minor transactions were made today involving a trio of pitchers...

The Baltimore Orioles announced via Twitter right-handed pitcher Jeremy Accardo has cleared waivers, and been outrighted to Class Triple-A Norfolk.

Another American League team, the Kansas City Royals, claimed lefty reliever Aaron Laffey from the New York Yankees on outright waivers. To make room for Laffey, the Royals designated right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez for assignment. The club made the announcements via Twitter.

Accardo, 29, pitched 37.2 innings out of the bullpen for Baltimore in 31 games. The 29-year-old posted a 5.73 ERA, but pitched better than that according to his peripheral numbers.

Laffey, 26, threw 53,1 innings in relief for the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees this season. The southpaw posted a 3.88 ERA, and most of the damage came from right-handed batters, who hit .358/.414/.525 in 135 plate appearances. Laffey could be a decent option out of the 'pen with the platoon advantage.

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