On Friday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals announced that right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso had been claimed off of waivers by an unnamed Major League Baseball team. Nearly 24 hours later, that mystery team was revealed to be none other than the Toronto Blue Jays, the kings of the waiver line shuffle. The Blue Jays announced the move through an official team release.
The Royals had waived Moscoso on March 13 after claiming him from Colorado in November.
The 29-year-old Venezuelan has four seasons of Major League experience, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen for the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Colorado Rockies. Moscoco owns a career record of 3-2 with a 4.16 ERA and a K/9 ratio of 6.3. He is coming off of a season in Colorado where he struggled immensely, as any pitcher does in the Mile High air, posting a 3-2 record with a 6.12 ERA in 23 appearances.
Still, Moscoso does have some upside. He is just one season removed from his career year. In 2011, Moscoso registered a solid 3.38 ERA while making 23 appearances (21 starts) for the Oakland Athletics. His performance helped Oakland package him and Josh Outman in a deal that sent Seth Smith to the Athletics last winter.
By adding Moscoso, the Blue Jays now have a full 40-man roster. However, Moscoso is also out of minor league options, making him an interesting claim by the Blue Jays. Toronto will be forced to find a spot for him in the bullpen or expose him to waivers should they choose to try to hide him in the minors. Given the struggles of Brad Lincoln, Esmil Rogers, and Brett Cecil, the Blue Jays could be holding an all-or-nothing audition for bullpen spots. Lincoln still has options remaining, but Rogers and Cecil are out of minor league options, putting them in a similar situation to Moscoso.
Given what we’ve seen this spring, does the Moscoso pick-up spell trouble for Cecil and Rogers?
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