Minor Moves: Cirillo, Elarton, Clayton

Some minor moves occurred recently.  Let’s catch up.

  • The Diamondbacks claimed 37 year-old infielder Jeff Cirillo off waivers from the Twins.  I still remember when Cirillo was a perennial .320 hitter and regular third baseman for the Brewers and Rockies.  This looks like a salary dump, with the Twins not wanting to pay the $550,000 or so due to Cirillo for the remainder of the season. 
  • The Indians signed Scott Elarton to a minor league contract.  Elarton was last semi-useful in Cleveland back in ’05, when he posted a 4.61 ERA in 181 innings.  Currently, southpaw groundballer Aaron Laffey is looking to secure the fifth starter job.
  • The Blue Jays designated Royce Clayton for assignment.  Looking for an aging backup shortstop with no discernible talents?  Clayton is your man.

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