D-backs claim Ledezma off waivers
Reliever will be lone left-hander in bullpen for Arizona
PHOENIX -- The D-backs added a left-handed reliever to their bullpen on Friday, claiming Wil Ledezma off waivers from the Padres.Ledezma won't report to the D-backs until Saturday, but once he does, he will be the lone southpaw in the bullpen. Ledezma, used as a starter and a reliever for the Padres this year, went 0-2 with a 4.47 ERA (27 earned runs in 54 1/3 innings) over 25 games, striking out 49 and walking 38. D-backs manager Bob Melvin said Ledezma could be used in long relief or for situational matchups against left-handed hitters. "He has a power arm that can give you some length, at times match up," Melvin said. "He has good stuff. At times, he's had trouble with walking people. Hopefully we can clean that up, but he's a talented guy that I've liked ever since I saw him in Detroit, and the organization as well." Ledezma has a low- to mid-90s fastball and a good changeup but has walked 176 batters in 152 career games. The 27-year-old has played in parts of six seasons with the Tigers, Braves and Padres. General manager Josh Byrnes said Ledezma was on traditional outright waivers and the D-backs put in a claim not knowing if they would obtain him. "Little more length and protection going into the part of the year where we can extend our roster," Byrnes said. "It's nice that he's left-handed, he's had some success in these roles where guys sort of need to be flexible, sometimes pitch a lot, sometimes not pitch and be adaptable to that role."
Mike Ritter is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.