Matusz was released by the Diamondbacks last week, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Matusz appeared in 11 games for Triple-A Reno, compiling a 6.11 ERA and 13:5 K:BB over 17.2 innings. The 30-year-old, who made eight appearances at the big-league level with the Orioles and Cubs a season ago, will aim to land another minor-league deal with a new organization.
Matusz was reassigned to minor league camp Friday. Matusz endured a tumultuous 2016 that featured a back injury and poor performances upon his return. Of course, the left-hander has performed well as a late-inning reliever for the Orioles in the past, so if he can revisit that success, Arizona could give him another crack at a big-league role in 2017.
Matusz signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. After three years of quality work in a setup role for the Orioles, the bottom fell out for Matusz in 2016. The 30-year-old opened last season on the DL while nursing a back injury and didn't look the same upon returning, serving up 14 runs over a combined nine innings at the big-league level with the Orioles and Cubs. Assuming he enters spring training in better health, Matusz could return to form and claim a 40-man roster spot for the Diamondbacks, who boast one of the majors' weaker bullpens.
Matusz elected free agency Thursday after being outrighted from the Cubs' 40-man roster, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The veteran lefty will look to latch on with another club, likely in a bullpen role after spending time in the Orioles and Cubs organizations in 2016. Thus far, he's failed to match last season's success, which included a 56:20 K:BB over 49 innings along with a 2.94 ERA and 1.18 WHIP for Baltimore.
A night after getting roughed up by the Mariners in his first start, Matusz has been designated for assignment by the Cubs, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Matusz will now go through the waiver process. If unclaimed, the Cubs will outright him to Triple-A Iowa. In the minors in 2016, Matusz owns a 3.58 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 27.2 innings, spending time with both the Orioles and the Cubs.
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