With Spring Training now upon us, teams are putting the finishing touches on their rosters for camp. Here's the latest on the players who are off of big-league rosters.
I'm not certain what the cut off date is for players on the 40-man roster being guaranteed a major-league contract but these three guys likely got awfully close to bringing home a big-league salary for the 2013 season:
St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Barret Browning made his way through the waiver wire unscathed and was outrighted to Triple-A, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Browning, 28, made his big-league debuts with the Red Birds in 2012, posting a 5.12 ERA and 5.1 K/9 rate in 22 relief appearances, and could find his way back onto the 40-man roster at some point in 2013. The southpaw is also a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.
The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted catcher Luis Martinez to Triple-A after he cleared waivers, the team announced. The O's claimed the 27-year-old, who will still make an appearance at big-league camp, off of waivers from the Texas Rangers last month. Martinez appeared in 10 games for the Rangers last season, racking up two hits in 19 plate appearances.
The Miami Marlins have outrighted outfielder Bryan Petersen to Triple-A, reports Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. Petersen, 26, was DFA-ed last week to make room for new reliever Jon Rauch. Now a non-roster invitee to camp, Petersen will try to work his way back onto the roster after hitting just .195/.272/.257 with no home runs in 84 games last year.
The San Diego Padres have outrighted infielder Jeudy Valdez to Triple-A, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com. The 23-year-old, who will make his first appearance above Double-A this year, was DFA-ed by the Friars last week to make room for waiver claim Fautino De Los Santos. Valdez will also make an appearance at big-league camp as an NRI.
The Tampa Bay Rays have outrighted infielder Dane De La Rosa to Triple-A, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. De La Rosa was DFA-ed to make room for the return of designated hitter Luke Scott last week. The 30-year-old will likely make his way back onto the Rays' 40-man at some point this year.
Trayvon Robinson has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A by the Baltimore Orioles, reports Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. Acquired from the Mariners early in the offseason in a one-for-one swap for Robert Andino, Robinson has struggled in his first two big-league campaigns but at 25 he still has the of glimmer of an upside. The outfielder will still report to big-league camp as a non-roster invitee.