The Orioles have claimed first baseman/outfielder
The organization had interest in claiming the 26-year-old Canzler earlier this offseason – this was the fourth time he was placed on waivers since the end of last season – but the Orioles were never previously high enough on the waivers list to snag him. The
The right-handed hitting Canzler has just 102 major league at-bats with the
"Canzler is an experienced right-handed batter with power who can compete for time at first base, outfield and DH who is especially good against left-handed pitching," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said by text message.
He was the International League MVP in 2011 with the Rays' Triple-A team in Durham, hitting .314/.401/.530 with 40 doubles, 18 homers and 83 RBIs. Last season with the Indians' Triple-A team in Columbus, he hit a career-high 22 homers. He's also recorded at least 128 strikeouts in his past two minor league seasons.
Other than providing a steady bat against left-handed pitching, where he could spot left-handed hitting