Lobstein signed a minor league contract with the Marlins that includes an invite to spring training, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. The Marlins need left-handed relief depth, and they have addressed that by signing Lobstein, along with two other unheralded southpaws, to a minor league deal. If he makes the team out of spring training he will work predominantly in low-leverage situations.
Lobstein was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Dubroff reports. He was designated for assignment on Wednesday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man for Drew Stubbs. Lobstein will willingly go to Norfolk and remain as bullpen depth in the Orioles' system.
Lobstein was designated for assignment Wednesday. With Drew Stubbs being claimed by the Orioles, Lobstein was designated for assignment to make room for Stubbs on the 40-man roster. One possibility is that Lobstein will end up at Triple-A Norfolk and serve as a reliever until their season concludes in early September.
Lobstein was traded to the Orioles on Wednesday. Lobstein had been designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday, but is now be a member of the Orioles organization. Baltimore has yet to say if they'll bring Lobstein up to the big club or have him spend some time with Triple-A Norfolk before their season ends on September 5. In exchange for Lobstein, the Orioles sent Zach Phillips to Pittsburgh.
Lobstein was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday. The lefty was able to limit the damage from 12 free passes in 25 innings with the big club this year (3.96 ERA) but a September return was ultimately ruled out by the Pirates. Lobstein owns just a 4.5 percent K-BB% for his career (2.7 percent this season) and it would not be a surprise if he were to go unclaimed on waivers.