MLB nullified Tampa Bay's waiver claim of LHP Bobby Livingston and subsequent trade of Livingston to Philadelphia; assigned Livingston to the Reds on a waiver claim.
Interesting. MLB finally takes offense at some roster shenanigans for the just about the first time in decades, deciding that the Phillies' move to pay the Rays to claim Livingston off waivers was inappropriate. Since that was nullified, the Reds, who also put in a claim, were awarded the soft-tossing left-hander. Livingston was 8-11 with 4.59 ERA, 165 H, 69/36 K/BB in 135 1/3 IP for Triple-A Tacoma last season. He likely has no more than fifth-starter upside, and his performance last year suggests he doesn't have a future in the majors. The Reds will likely put him at Triple-A Louisville.
From CBS Sports earlier this week:
The Phillies acquired left-hander Bobby Livingston from Tampa Bay for cash Tuesday. The 24-year-old Livingston made three relief appearances for the Mariners last season, while spending most of the year with Triple-A Tacoma. He was 8-11 with a 4.59 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts. The Devil Rays claimed Livingston off waivers from Seattle before trading him to the Phillies. "Bobby is an intriguing player that gives (manager) Charlie (Manuel) and his staff another option in spring training," Phillies GM Pat Gillick said. Livingston was originally selected by Seattle in the fourth round of the 2001 draft. Livingston is 55-35 in his minor league career with a 3.46 ERA in 120 games (117 starts).
The Associated Press weighs in...
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball voided a waiver claim by Tampa Bay, ruling Thursday the Devil Rays circumvented rules this week when they took a pitcher and immediately traded him.
The Devil Rays claimed lefty Bobby Livingston from Seattle on Tuesday, then sent him to Philadelphia for cash. MLB voided the moves, deciding the Devil Rays took Livingston with the intent of trading him.
Instead, Livingston was assigned from Seattle to the Cincinnati Reds on a waiver claim.
The 24-year-old Livingston made three relief appearances for the Mariners last season. He spent most of the year at Triple-A Tacoma, going 8-11 with a 4.59 ERA in 23 games.