Friday, August 4, 2017

MLB news: Athletics claim Garneau off waivers

          Today, the Oakland Athletics claimed C Dustin Garneau off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

           With backup catcher Josh Phegley on the 10-day DL (oblique strain), Garneau could be a solid backup catcher option, or at least a better one than Ryan Lavarnaway, who could be DFA'd soon. Also, Garneau is a right handed hitter, so he could platoon with starting catcher, and left handed hitter Bruce Maxwell, who is having a tough year. Garneau was probably only waived by Colorado because they acquired C Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers.

             Garneau, 29, has a .206 batting average, one homer and six RBIs in 74 Plate Appearances for the Rockies this year. He also has a .281 batting average, 10 homers and 26 RBIs in 144 Plate Appearances for Albuquerque (AAA) this year. In his MLB career, Garneau has a .199 batting average, four homers and 20 RBIs in 225 Plate Appearances.

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