Asuaje was purchased by the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization from the Rangers on Wednesday. As expected, Asuaje will head overseas after the Rangers claimed him off waivers from San Diego earlier this month. The infielder played in 79 games for the Padres last year, slashing .196/.286/.280 with two home runs and 19 RBI.
Asuaje is expected to be purchased by the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization from the Rangers on Sunday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Texas claimed Asuaje off waivers from San Diego, but he didn't figure to be anything more than a reserve infielder if he did stick around. Instead, he'll seemingly be headed to the hitter-friendly KBO, where he'll presumably work to recoup his value and garner more interest on the free-agent market in the future.
Asuaje was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Asuaje has appeared in 175 games over the last three seasons with the Padres, hitting .240/.312/.329. Those numbers are acceptable enough for a utility infielder but hardly make him a fantasy asset, and the fact that he doesn't play shortstop may make it harder for him to win a bench spot in Texas.
Asuaje was designated for assignment by San Diego on Friday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Asuaje played in 79 games for the Padres this past year but slashed a dreadful .196/.286/.280 with just two home runs and 19 RBI. This move allowed the club to free up another spot on the 40-man roster while Asuaje will take a spin through waivers to determine if he will remain in the organization.
Asuaje was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday. Asuaje was up for just five days this time around and did not receive a start. He'll be replaced on the roster by Luis Urias, who was called up in a corresponding move. Asuaje will likely return to San Diego when rosters expand in September.