Oliver Drake's ridiculous waiver wire tour continues
We typically talk about teams having busy offseasons if they sign a handful of free agents and change the roster up with a couple of trades. It's rare that we talk about players having busy offseasons. Sure, a player may go on a vacation or two and post some sick workout videos, but, compared to the daily activity of the regular season, it's hard to unironically call it busy.
Nevertheless, relief pitcher Oliver Drake has had a busy offseason. On Friday, the Rays announced that they designated Drake for assignment to make room on the roster for their latest free agent acquisition -- outfielder Avisail Garcia. This comes just two weeks after the Rays traded for Drake and marks the third time in as many months he's been DFA'd. Yeah, he's been busy:
Oliver Drake has been DFA'd by the #Rays to make room for Avisail Garcia. His offseason so far:- Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) January 18, 2019
--Claimed by Rays off waivers from Twins
--DFA'd by Rays
--Claimed by Blue Jays off waivers from Rays
--DFA'd by Blue Jays
--Traded from Blue Jays to Rays for cash
--DFA'd by Rays
Somehow, his last three months undersell just how much Drake has been moving around. Since May, he has been designated for assignment eight times and been in six different organizations. The comparisons to 16th century explorer Sir Francis Drake are obvious:
And so it continues ... pic.twitter.com/H3e6x2qnzQ- Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) January 18, 2019
Drake made history in 2018 by pitching for five different teams during the season. He managed that feat after not changing teams at all last offseason. Based on his movement over the last year, he figures to be in good shape to smash his own record in 2019.