The Baltimore Orioles have designated 1B/3B/DH Russ Canzler for assignment. Canzler played in 86 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 89 of 323 (.276 avg, .799 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Canzler last played in the majors in 2012 with the Indians. He has played in 29 games in his first two years in the majors and he was 26 of 96 (.271 avg, .700 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. Canzler might not clear waivers.
UPDATE: (7/13/2013) – The Orioles have dealt Russ Canzler to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 24-year old righty reliever Tim Alderson. Alderson pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Pirates this year and he was 4-1 with 2 saves, a 2.43 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He has given up 44 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 55 2/3 innings in the majors so far this year, which are solid numbers. Alderson has now pitched in 180 games (90 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 43-25 with 5 saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. I like this deal for the O’s as Alderson was a very highly thought of prospect not too long ago.