Josh Stinson Rumors


Orioles Claim Josh Stinson; A's Outright Barton

The Orioles claimed righty Josh Stinson off waivers today, according to an Athletics press release.  The Orioles transferred Tsuyoshi Wada to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Stinson.  The A's also noted that first baseman Daric Barton cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A.  

The A's had claimed Stinson off waivers from the Brewers last week, but designated him for assignment yesterday upon their claim of Will Harris from the Rockies.  Stinson, 25, appeared briefly in the Majors last year.  He posted a 3.16 ERA, 5.6 K/9, 4.4 BB/9, and 0.43 HR/9 in 145 1/3 Triple-A innings.  The former Mets draft pick will work out of the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk.

Barton, 27, was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2003.  He did his thing at Triple-A last year, hitting .255/.411/.425 in 336 plate appearances.  Barton led the American League with 110 walks in 2010, but a shoulder injury has affected him since.



Athletics Claim Will Harris, Designate Stinson

The A's have claimed right-hander Will Harris off waivers from the Rockies, according to Kiley McDaniel of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The A's have since confirmed the move and added that the recently claimed Josh Stinson has been designted for assignment to clear roster space (Twitter link).

Harris, not to be confused with the veteran utility player of the same name, was a ninth-round pick by the Rox back in the 2006 draft. The 28-year-old made his big league debut for Colorado last season but allowed an unsightly 16 runs in 17 2/3 innings. He did manage an impressive 19-to-6 K/BB ratio, though.

Harris' minor league numbers are impressive: a 2.66 ERA, 11.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 240 1/3 innings of work. However, it's worth noting that just 17 2/3 of those innings (oddly, the same number he has in his Major League career) have come at the Triple-A level. He's missed significant time throughout his minor league career due to injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2009.

Stinson, 25, has made 19 relief appearances and one start for the Brewers and Mets across the last two seasons, posting a 4.43 ERA with 4.4 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9.  In 24 starts and five relief appearances for the Brewers' Double-A affiliate last season, Stinson posted a 3.16 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9.

Zach Links contributed to this post.



A's Claim Josh Stinson Off Waivers From Brewers

The Athletics claimed Josh Stinson off of waivers from the Brewers, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (on Twitter).  Milwaukee exposed the right-hander to waivers this week as they wanted to free up a spot on their 40-man roster.

Stinson, 25, has made 19 relief appearances and one start for the Brewers and Mets across the last two seasons, posting a 4.43 ERA with 4.4 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9.  In 24 starts and five relief appearances for the Brewers' Double-A affiliate last season, Stinson posted a 3.16 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9.









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