The Baltimore Orioles added a hitter earlier this week when they claimed first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler off of waivers from the NY Yankees’ organization. At 26 years old, Canzler has hit .276 in 29 big leauge games from 2011-’12 with Tampa and Cleveland. At the minor league level he’s a career .278 hitter over nine years in various organizations. The Orioles DFA’d Luis Martinez so they could add Canzler to the 40-man roster. Neverminding the fact that the O’s traded for Danny Valencia earlier in the off season, Canzler actually comes across as a pretty solid addition to the organization given his numbers.
However at this point it’s clear that Dan Duquette might have added Canzler for a more specific reason as opposed to just depth. The above-mentioned Valencia’s name appears in the records of the Miami, FL-area Bigenesis clinic that has allegedly been distributing PED’s to several big league players. The big name in the yahoo sports report is Ryan Braun, but Valencia is mentioned (although not in conjunction with any PED’s. I’ve said this before regarding players being implicated in PED use; I believe in the innocent until proven guilty concept. But these kinds of reports normally don’t surface about guys who aren’t guilty. Obviously the one thing in Valencia’s favor is that his name is not mentioned near any PED’s.