The Return of Bobby Livingston | The Process Report

The Return of Bobby Livingston

By R.J. Anderson //

On Monday, the Rays signed left-handed pitcher Bobby Livingston. He’s bounced around the league since 2006, finding himself within eight different organizations in those five seasons. Livingston is now 27 (he’ll be 28 in a matter of days) and he’s pitched in a little over 60 MLB innings with a FIP over 5. Terribly interesting he is not. The fun aspect about the signing is that this is not the first time Livingston has been a Ray. Back during the 2006 offseason, the Rays claimed him off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Almost immediately after winning the claim, they traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash. The league’s office didn’t like the seemingly premeditated nature of the deal and voided the Rays’ claim, instead awarding Livingston to the Cincinnati Reds.

This brings up another waiver wire incident the Rays were caught in during the late 2006 season. The Red Sox needed a catcher and attempted to trade for Baltimore’s Javy Lopez. Earlier in the season the Rays had supposedly grown weary of the Red Sox’s supposed tampering with pending free agent Julio Lugo – evidently Boston had contacted Lugo’s agent about him without the Rays’ permission during trade talks – and as such, the Rays used their waiver priority to display a little gamesmanship. The Orioles wanted Canadian outfielder Adam Stern in exchange for Lopez, but since Stern was on Boston’s 40-man roster and this was after the non-waiver deadline that meant Stern had to clear waivers in order to be traded.

The Rays claimed Stern and forced the two sides to agree to swap Lopez for a player to be named later. That player would be named Adam Stern, so no harm no foul, but these are probably the two most memorable displays of waiver wire shenanigans in recent Rays’ history.



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