Miguel Socolovich has cleared waivers and has an opportunity to stay in the Cardinals organization.
According to Major League Baseball’s official transactions page, righthanded reliever Miguel Socolovich has cleared waivers and been outrighted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Socolovich was designated for assignment when the Cardinals purchased the contract of reliever John Brebbia on Saturday.
Socolovich, who had been extremely effective as an in-season call-up during the previous two seasons, struggled mightily through 15 big-league appearances this year, posting a 8.68 ERA with a 1.66 WHIP over 18 2/3 innings. Socolovich did have a solid strikeout-to-walk ratio, though, punching out 14 hitters while walking just four.
Socolovich, a 30-year-old native of Venezuela, has the opportunity to reject the Cardinals’ minor-league assignment and become a free agent since he was already outrighted by the Cubs in October of 2012. Since he cleared waivers, though, it might make the most sense for him to stick it out in Triple-A and try to get back to St. Louis this season. After all, the Cardinals don’t really have any intriguing righthanded relief arms at Memphis beyond Sam Tuivailala, who’s been yo-yoed back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues all season, so Socolovich probably has a solid chance to earn his way back if he can figure out his issues in the minors.