Another day, another waiver claim by Andrew Friedman. Today, the Rays added Russ Springer to the bullpen in what A's assistant GM David Frost called a straight waiver claim. The Rays will assume the remainder of his $3.3 million dollar salary and possibly a few incentive bonuses for games pitched. Springer, 40, is posting another solid season with a record of 0-1, 4.10 ERA/3.38 FIP in 48 games. He also boasts a K/9 of 10.15 and an above average K/BB of 3.36.
Springer works manly a fastball/cutter combo with a curveball, change up and slider mixed in, but off speed stuff is rarely thrown. An extreme flyball pitcher at over 50% for his career, Springer is at nearly 60% flyballs in 2009. Despite the high flyball rate, Springer has a pretty normal 1.08 HR/9. He does have some pretty defined splits. He's holding righties to a line of .260/.275/.385, however lefties are batting .357/.439/.543 against him
Andrew Friedman is not a fan of being told of when he can and cannot trade for players. He scoffs at the July 31st deadline. No word on corresponding 40 and 25 man-roster moves.