The Rays claimed Brandon Allen off waivers from the Athletics two days ago, improving their bench with some left-handed power. Most waiver claims have little impact, but every so often a team will dig up a useful piece. With some help from our Transaction Tracker, here's a list of players who have been claimed off waivers since the start of the offseason and are now contributing to their new team at the big league level…
- Darren O'Day, Orioles – 1.29 ERA in seven relief innings since being claimed from the Rangers.
- Alfredo Simon, Reds – 4.26 ERA in 6 1/3 relief innings since being claimed from the Orioles.
- Cody Eppley, Yankees – Allowed a single to only batter he's faced since being claimed from the Rangers.
- Justin Maxwell, Astros – Hitting .200/.250/.400 with one homer in 16 plate appearances since being claimed from the Yankees.
- Clete Thomas, Twins — Hitting .231/.286/.538 with one homer in 14 plate appearances since being claimed from the Tigers.