Jake Barrett was added to the Arizona Diamondbacks ' 40-man roster Friday.
The move was for Rule 5 protection, but Barrett could be contributing out of Arizona's bullpen sometime in 2016, possibly in semi-high leverage spots, given the fact that he has been a closer at most of his stops in the minor leagues.
Players cut from the Major League team included:
In stints between Double and Triple-A in 2014, Barrett posted a 3.09 ERA and cut his weight down to 220 pounds from 240, according to AZCentral.com.
"I haven't seen how hard I'm going to throw yet, either," he said. "If I sit at 220 and stay strong, I'll probably stay at 220 then."
Barrett is hoping his weight loss will grab some attention from the coaching staff.
"They're going to see that and be like, 'Whoa, this guy looks different. He's trying to fight,'" Barrett said. "That's what I'm going for. It makes a difference."
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