Cardinals southpaw Brandon Waddell has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Memphis, according to the team’s transactions tracker at MLB.com. That was the corresponding move for the previously-reported selection of rookie righty Andre Pallante.
Waddell, 27, has pitched 12 2/3 innings at the big league level over the past two seasons. He’s spread that rather limited work over four teams, pitching for each of the Pirates, Twins, Orioles and Cards. Waddell has allowed nine runs on 16 hits and 11 walks with nine strikeouts. He’s also struggled in his Triple-A career, posting a 5.77 ERA in 156 innings over three seasons at the minors’ top level.
Nevertheless, that Waddell changed hands a few times last season demonstrates he was of interest to multiple clubs not long ago. The University of Virginia product was once regarded as one of the more promising arms in the Pittsburgh system, and he owns a 3.45 ERA in 274 Double-A innings. Waddell doesn’t have the requisite service time to refuse an outright assignment, so he’ll head to Memphis and try to work his way back into the major league mix.