The A’s have outrighted the contract of Marcus Walden off the 40-man roster to Double-A Midland, according to the team’s transactions page. Walden was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays earlier this season.
The 25-year-old Walden has struggled in both the International League (with Toronto) and the Pacific Coast League (with Oakland) this season. In a total of 63 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level, he’s pitched to a 6.22 ERA with 4.9 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9. Toronto’s loss of Walden drew plenty of criticism at the time, as he was only exposed to waivers due to some questionable 40-man roster management. As Gregor Chisholm and Jamie Ross of MLB.com wrote in April, the Jays called Walden up after designating Jeremy Jeffress for assignment, but only because their intended call-up, Chad Jenkins, hadn’t spent the required 10 days in the minor leagues after being optioned out at the end of Spring Training.
Walden didn’t pitch in a game for Toronto and found himself designated for assignment just over a week later when the club needed a roster spot for Munenori Kawasaki, following Maicer Izturis’ season-ending injury.