Five players cleared the waiver wire over the weekend and have accepted their minor-league assignments.
While the Toronto Blue Jays' recent flurry of waiver claims might have you believe otherwise, not every player who ends up on the waiver wire gets picked up by another club. In fact, a large number of players who are designated for assignment in the early months of the season end up clearing waivers and accepted assignments to minor-league affiliates.
Case(s) in point:
The New York Yankees outrighted reliever Cody Eppley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday after he cleared waivers, reports Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal. The right-hander was DFA-ed last week to make room in the 'pen for Preston Claiborne.
The Miami Marlins outrighted utility infielder Nick Green to Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. The 34-year-old was designated for assignment last week to make room on the roster for outfielder Matt Diaz. Green could find his way back to the Marlins shortly if Donovan Solano's oblique continues to give him problems.
The Toronto Blue Jays outrighted journeyman right-hander Justin Germano back to Triple-A Buffalo, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. Germano was DFA-ed on Friday to make room on the pitching staff for southpaw Ricky Romero.
The Baltimore Orioles outrighted catcher Luis Exposito to Triple-A Norfolk, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN. The reserve backstop was briefly recalled when Taylor Teagarden went to the DL, but was DFA-ed the next day when the O's acquired Chris Snyder from the Angels.
The Philadelphia Phillies outrighted catcher Humberto Quintero to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday, the team announced. The 33-year-old served as the Phillies' reserve catcher for the month of April, but was promptly DFA-ed when Carlos Ruiz returned from his 25-game suspension last week.
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