The Rays have claimed right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis off waivers from the Marlins, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The club had a vacancy on their 40-man roster, meaning no corresponding move will be required in that department.
Yacabonis, 30, has bounced between the majors and the minors since 2017, often tantalizing with strong minor league results but sputtering in the big leagues. That’s been the case again this year with the Marlins. After signing a minor league with the Fish in March, he threw 24 2/3 innings on the farm with a 3.28 ERA and excellent 33.7% strikeout rate, though a high 11.5% walk rate.
Selected to the big league club in June, he’s thrown 9 1/3 MLB frames with a 6.75 ERA and 11.1% walk rate, though still getting strikeouts at a tasty 33.3% clip. He got nudged off the Marlins’ roster last week, but had to be DFA’d since he’s out of options. The Rays, as mentioned, had an open spot on their 40-man roster but will have to bring Yacabonis to the big league club and create a spot for him on the active roster once he reports to the team.