Top C.J. Riefenhauser News

  • CJ Riefenhauser: Released by Astros

    Riefenhauser was released by the Astros on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Riefenhauser, who had signed a minor league contract with the Astros, picked up a save in his final spring appearance for Houston on Friday. The 27-year-old left-hander, who has 24 games of MLB experience as a member of the Rays, had a 2.35 ERA over 7.2 spring innings. He allowed three runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out five.

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  • Astros' CJ Riefenhauser: Signs minor league contract with Astros

    Riefenhauser signed a minor league deal with the Astros on Tuesday, which includes an invite to spring training, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports.

    Riefenhauser had a 4.55 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 27.2 innings over 28 games with Triple-A Iowa before he was released in August. The 26-year-old southpaw will look to earn a spot in the Astros' bullpen, which had the 10th-best ERA in the league last season.

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  • Cubs' CJ Riefenhauser: Outrighted off 40-man roster Thursday

    Riefenhauser cleared waivers and was outrighted off the 40-man roster Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

    Riefenhauser has some major league experience, but that's about all he has going for him this season. With the I-Cubs, the 26-year-old is sporting a 7.30 ERA through 12.1 innings pitched, leading the Cubs to boot him from the 40-man roster. After no teams claimed him, the left-hander will likely act as organizational pitching depth going forward.

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  • Cubs' CJ Riefenhauser: Optioned to minor league camp

    Riefenhauser was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

    Riefenhauser will head down to minor league camp after a rough start to spring training in which he allowed two home runs and three earned runs over just 3.2 innings of work. There was some belief that the release of Rex Brothers would help Riefenhauser's chances at making the Opening Day roster, but his struggles on the mound ultimately snuffed out that opportunity. He'll start the year in the bullpen at Triple-A Iowa in all likelihood.

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  • Cubs' CJ Riefenhauser: Moves up depth chart

    The Cubs released Rex Brothers on Thursday, helping Riefenhauser's long-shot chances of making the Cubs out of camp.

    He's probably still behind Travis Wood and Clayton Richard on the depth chart, but Riefenhauser and Eric Jokisch are the only other lefty relievers on the 40-man roster. Still, given his lack of success in the majors and the strong Cubs bullpen, Riefenhauser is more likely to begin the year in the minors.

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  • Cubs' CJ Riefenhauser: Claimed by the Cubs on Friday

    Riefenhauser was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Friday.

    The 26-year-old performed well at Triple-A Durham in 2015, producing a 2.86 ERA in 34.2 innings of work. However, Riefenhauser has a career 6.30 ERA in the major leagues while tossing 20 innings between 2014 and 2015. The Cubs already have a solid bullpen in place, meaning if Riefenhauser stays with the club he will likely begin the season in the minor leagues.

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  • Orioles' CJ Riefenhauser: DFA'd to make room for Despaigne

    Riefenhauser was designated for assignment Thursday.

    Riefenhauser was traded twice during the offseason, eventually landing with a Baltimore organization that sorely lacks pitching depth. Despite getting DFA'd to make room for Odrisamer Despaigne on the 40-man, the 26-year-old lefty should still have a shot to compete for one of the final bullpen spots on the Opening Day roster.

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  • Orioles' CJ Riefenhauser: Dealt to Baltimore along with Mark Trumbo

    Riefenhauser was traded to the Orioles on Wednesday along with Mark Trumbo in exchange for Steve Clevenger.

    There were rumors that another player was headed to Baltimore with Trumbo, and it turns out that player is Riefenhauser, whom the Mariners acquired from Tampa Bay less than a month ago. While Riefenhauser struggled with the big-league team last season, he had a 2.86 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 34:7 K:BB with Triple-A Durham. Look for the left-hander to compete for a bullpen role in spring training.

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  • Mariners' CJ Riefenhauser: Sent to Mariners in six-player trade

    Riefenhauser was traded to the Mariners on Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

    The 25-year-old Riefenhauser spent most of the 2015 campaign at Triple-A Durham, where he recorded a 2.86 ERA while allowing 25 hits across 34.2 innings of work. He was a late season call-up to the Rays, where he was stung for nine earned runs and 15 hits in 14.2 innings. He'll likely compete for a spot in Seattle's bullpen during spring training.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Yonkers, NY
Age: 34
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, L