Preston Claiborne

Preston Claiborne

36-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Indians in January of 2018 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Out with elbow strain
PCleveland Guardians  
Elbow
April 10, 2018
Claiborne was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow strain Tuesday.
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The 30-year-old joined the Indians on a minor-league deal this offseason and opened the season with Triple-A Columbus. He owns a 4.05 ERA in 73.1 innings at the big-league level. The severity of his injury is not yet clear.
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Claiborne was hoping to turn things around after bouncing between Triple-A and the majors the past two years, but he never got the chance to do so. Shortly after being sent to Triple-A at the end of spring training, the 27-year-old injured his right labrum before he got to pitch in 2015 and sat out the entire year because of it. He pitched decently in 2014 with the Yankees, producing a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings, so he could be a contender for a low-leverage bullpen role with the Marlins once he is healthy.
Claiborne was shuttled between Triple-A and the big leagues last season, struggling with free passes at both levels and doing little to establish himself in the bid for an Opening Day roster spot. Working with a low-90s fastball, slider, and changeup, Claiborne needs to utilize his secondaries effectively in order to retire big league hitters consistently. His numbers in 2014 likely took a hit because of lost velocity on his fastball, as his average fastball slipped from 93.1 mph in 2013 to 91.0 last season. In his final season with minor league options remaining, he'll likely shuttle between Triple-A and the big leagues. Even if things begin to click again, his ceiling may be that of a middle reliever. After being claimed off waivers by the Marlins during the offseason, Claiborne will try to reach that level in Miami.
Claiborne was a pleasant surprise in the Yankees bullpen throughout much of 2013, but he wore down later on in the season, giving up 14 earned runs in his last 12.1 innings. Claiborne doesn't have a single standout offering, but has pretty good command of all his pitches, and could stick with the Yankees as a middle reliever, albeit one without a ton of upside.
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Signs NRI deal with Indians
PCleveland Guardians  
January 26, 2018
Claiborne agreed to a minor-league contract with the Indians on Friday which includes an invitation to spring training.
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Accepts assignment to Triple-A
PTexas Rangers  
July 4, 2017
Claiborne cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.
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Dropped from 40-man roster
PTexas Rangers  
July 2, 2017
The Rangers designated Claiborne for assignment Sunday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Returns to Triple-A
PTexas Rangers  
June 29, 2017
Claiborne was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.
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Tagged for three runs in team debut
PTexas Rangers  
June 27, 2017
Claiborne gave up three runs on five hits in Monday's 15-9 loss to the Indians.
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