The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Chad Beck off of waivers from the Pirates. The 27-year-old had been designated for assignment on December 26th.
Beck spent the 2012 season in the Blue Jays’ organization, appearing in 14 games at the MLB level. The Pirates had claimed him off of waivers from Toronto on October 25th. Beck posted a 6.32 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 15 2/3 innings with Toronto this past season. He spent the majority of the year at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he posted a 1.31 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 48 innings out of the bullpen.
Perhaps this is the reason that the Jays took Russ Canzler off their 40-man roster (and lost him to the Indians on waivers, who just lost him to the Yankees on waivers). The Jays know what they are getting with Beck. He provides solid right handed bullpen depth. His not so stellar numbers at the MLB level last season should be better over a longer period of time and the Jays know it. It’s not easy posting a 1.31 ERA at the hitter friendly Pacific Cost League in triple-A where Beck spent the majority of last season.
Personally, I’d rather have Canzler. But perhaps it’s easier to find a right handed bench bat then a solid bullpen depth righty.