The Marlins have sent left-hander Devin Smeltzer outright to Triple-A Jacksonville, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. That indicates he passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week.
The transaction hardly comes as a surprise, as this is the fourth time this year that Smeltzer has been to this rodeo. He signed a minor league deal with the Marlins in the offseason and has been selected to the roster four times, whenever the club’s regular staff is taxed and they need an emergency arm. Since he’s out of options, the Fish have repeatedly designated him for assignment shortly after adding him to roster. Each instance has resulted in him passing through waivers and accepting an outright assignment, waiting for his next turn.
Amid those transactions, he’s managed to toss 22 1/3 innings over nine appearances, posting a 6.45 ERA in that time with a 16% strikeout rate and 4% walk rate. He’s also made 18 Triple-A starts this year with a 6.36 ERA, 17.5% strikeout rate and 12.1% walk rate. He also pitched for the Twins in the previous four seasons and now has a career ERA of 4.32 in 162 1/3 big league innings.
Smeltzer has the right to reject this assignment and elect free agency, though it hasn’t been officially announced if he has done so or not. Based on precedent, it seems fair to expect him to accept to accept and he’s listed on Jacksonville’s roster page.