The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed 29-year old pitcher Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The native of Venezuela has spent time with the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies in his four years of major league service. He is 11-12 lifetime with a respectable 4.16 earned run average in 24 major league starts.
The spot on the 40 man roster became available when the Blue Jays released injured first baseman David Cooper earlier last week. Moscoso may be an insurance policy if J.A Happ forces the Jays hand and requests a trade, with rumors circulating that he is not happy about the possibility of beginning the season in the minor leagues.
Moscoso has had major league success, with his best season coming in 2011 as a member of the Athletics, where he was 8-10 with a 3.38 earned run average with 74 strikeouts in 128 innings pitched.
The righty pitched five innings for the Royals this spring, allowing five runs on seven hits leading to to his release. He will likely be assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, adding pitching depth for Toronto’s minor league affiliate.
Moscoso has played with Blue Jays’ Darren Oliver and Andy Laroche in the past, so perhaps they offered some friendly advice to the character of Moscoso. Regardless of what lead to the signing, you can never have enough pitching depth over a 162 game season, as the Blue Jays learned the hard way in 2012.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.