The Mariners outrighted Cloyd to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday after he cleared waivers, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Cloyd boasted a 1.40 ERA in five starts at Tacoma already this year, and his one-outing cameo with the Mariners wasn't enough to argue for a sustained opportunity. The 30-year-old, who had a bit of prospect promise near the turn of the decade with the Phillies, will look to bolster his case as something more than an organizational depth piece.
Cloyd was designated for assignment Wednesday. The 30-year-old's removal from the 40-man roster opens up a spot for Triple-A Tacoma right-hander Andrew Moore, who is expected to work in long relief with the big club. Cloyd made one relief appearance for the Mariners on June 9 before reporting back to Tacoma, where he's compiled a 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings over five starts this season. Given the perceived lack of upside for a pitcher of Cloyd's age who works in the high-80s-to-low-90s, it's possible he'll pass through waivers unclaimed and stick around at Triple-A as organizational depth.
Cloyd was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled Emilio Pagan from Tacoma prior to its game against the Blue Jays. During his time with the team, Cloyd only saw one appearance, giving up two hits but no runs Friday against Toronto. The right-hander will likely get another chance to shine at the big-league level later on this season.
Cloyd was assigned to Triple-A Tacoma after the Mariners purchased his Atlantic League contract from Somerset. Cloyd had a 1.50 ERA and 16 strikeouts through 12 innings (three starts) with Somerset before joining the Mariners. The 29-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013, when he posted a 6.56 ERA across 60.1 innings with the Phillies. Given his career 5.98 ERA across two major league seasons (93.1 innings), Cloyd figures to serve as organizational depth.
Cloyd was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday. A non-roster invitee to major league camp, he gave up two runs on four hits (including a homer) in 3.1 Grapefruit League innings. Cloyd has not pitched in the majors since 2013, when he posted a 6.56 ERA in 60.1 innings with Philadelphia, and spent last year in the KBO.