SARASOTA, FLA. — Orioles Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on Thursday, the club has announced.
Verrett was one of two Rule 5 picks in camp this spring. And while the Orioles knew it would be difficult to keep one – and nearly impossible to retain both – the club attempted to slip Verrett through waivers as other teams are finalizing their 25-man rosters in the final days of spring.
That tactic was unsuccessful as the Rangers claimed the Texas-born Verrett.
Verrett, who initially was selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Mets, will retain his Rule 5 status with the Rangers, meaning they must keep him on their 25-man roster for the entire season or offer him back to the Mets.
The Orioles had hoped Verrett would clear waivers and then they could maneuver a trade to re-acquire Verrett without the Rule 5 designation. That way he could then be sent down to Triple-A to start the season.
The loss of Verrett makes it easier for the Orioles to retain their other Rule 5 selection, right-hander Jason Garcia. Garcia -- who was selected from the Red Sox by the Houston Astros, then traded to the Orioles – has a much higher upside than Verrett because of his mid-to-high-90s fastball, but Verrett seemed to be more polished for the major leagues.
Verrett pitched to a 1.88 ERA in nine Grapefruit League appearances, posting 12 strikeouts and no walks. He was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 28 games with the Mets' Triple-A club.