We learned a couple things on Thursday, one of those being that Alex Presley should really be feeling the love. Presley was put on waivers by the Minnesota Twins and was then claimed by the Houston Astros. The Twins also placed Scott Diamond and Chris Parmelee on waivers, but they were not claimed.
Chris Parmelee got through and will be headed to Triple-A Rochester, accepting his minor league assignment. Scott Diamond on the other hand, well, he might not be going to board a plane for Rochester, New York.
Scott Diamond cleared waivers, he’s got 48 hours to declare free agency or accept assignment to Rochester.
— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) March 27, 2014
Diamond gets to decide between Triple-A and free agency since this is his second time going through waivers. Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press put Diamond’s situation perfectly on Twitter:
Scott Diamond may be the first left-handed starter to clear waivers in the history … Of history
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) March 27, 2014
Diamond is not great, but as Krawczynski points out, Diamond is left-handed. MLB folks love left-handed pitchers, so it makes some sense to think that if Diamond did elect for free agency that he could get a job somewhere. He’s had success at the major league level, just not recently and really not that much.
The Opening Day roster has become very clear after Thursday and we know exactly who’ll they take north unless the Twins are expecting to do some wheeling, dealing and stealing on the waiver wire.
We’ll know more about Diamond on Saturday afternoon, at the latest, and the Opening Day roster will be decided by at least Monday at 3:10. I hope.