The Rays have designated outfielder Oswaldo Arcia for assignment, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times (links to Twitter). Arcia’s DFA stems from the fact that the Rays simply didn’t feel they had room for the out-of-options slugger on the 25-man roster upon activating him from the disabled list.
Tampa Bay claimed the 25-year-old Arcia off waivers from the Twins earlier this season after Minnesota designated the former top prospect for assignment. He appeared in 21 games with the Rays, tallying 61 plate appearances and batting .259/.328/.444 with a pair of home runs, two doubles and a triple. Arcia was once one of the more promising minor league outfielders in all of baseball, ranking comfortably within the league’s top 100 prospects by most measures prior to the 2013 season. He made his big league debut with Minnesota at the age of 21 that season and went on to hit .241/.302/.441 with 34 homers in 788 plate appearances over the next two seasons, showing plenty of promise in the power department. However, he’s a poor defender both by defensive metrics and by the eye test due to his limited range, and he’s struck out in nearly 32 percent of his Major League plate appearances.
Arcia’s pop may intrigue a club in search of some power to add to its bench, and he could be of appeal to a rebuilding club with a dearth of corner outfield/DH options that feels it has room to carry him on its 25-man roster, but a great deal of his prospect sheen has worn off over the past two years.