Angels Bobby Cassevah picks free agency

Dilip Vishwanat

After clearing waivers, Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah has opted for free agency rather than returning to the minors.

Angel's reliever Bobby Cassevah elected for free agency after clearing waivers on Thursday of this week, rather than accepting the assignment to the minor leagues, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. The Angels had no room remaining on their 40-man roster prior to Thursday and they wanted to free up space, though they are not looking to add a player from outside the organization, Gonzalez says.

Cassevah was outrighted to the minors to free up space, but the 27 year old righty was out of options, so the assignment required his consent.

Cassevah was an effective reliever for the Angels before a torn rotator cuff last spring. In 2011 he threw 39 ⅔ innings with a 2.72 ERA.

He has not been overpowering, striking out just 4.7 batters per nine innings in his career, but he excels at keeping the ball on the ground, getting grounders on 65.9% of batted balls.

Control is an issue for Cassevah, however, and the shoulder injury did not help things. Last season he walked six hitters in just five major league innings.

With most 40 man rosters set, it is difficult to understand what Cassevah hopes to gain by leaving the Angels. As a free agent at this point in the off-season, he is a long shot to land a major league deal, especially after he cleared waivers. He still has a reasonable chance to be a major league contributor, but he will probably need to sign a minor league deal and prove his shoulder his healthy before he gets promoted again.

Mlbdd-news-insert_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker