According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Rays won a waiver claim on reliever Chad Bradford. They’ll send a player to be named later to the Orioles for him. The Rays strengthened an already excellent bullpen.
Bradford, 34 next month, has a 2.45 ERA in 40.1 innings this year. His strikeout rate is dangerously low, but he’s not walking anyone or allowing home runs. He also has a very strong groundball rate.
Bradford has $1.05MM left on his contract this year plus $3.5MM in ’09. Aside from the Angels, all the other American League teams passed on the chance to claim Bradford.