The Miami Marlins claimed right-handed reliever Chad Smith off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday afternoon.
Smith has an 8.31 ERA in 12 big-league appearances from 2014-15 between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics. The 25-year-old righty surrendered five runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings in two appearances with the A’s this season. In 2014, he pitched in 10 games, finishing five of them for a 5.40 ERA in 11 2/3 frames for the Tigers.
A former 17th-round pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Southern California, Smith is 12-10 with a 2.97 ERA and six saves in 105 minor-league outings (10 starts) since 2012.
This season with Triple-A Salt Lake, part of the Angels farm system, Smith posted a 9.72 ERA. He had gone 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in eight games with two saves before that with Triple-A Nashville of the A’s organization.
Miami entered Friday 21st in the majors with a 4.04 bullpen ERA. With three starters on the disabled list, the Marlins have had to make various roster moves, including calling up righties Andre Rienzo and Vin Mazzaro. The Zephyrs, as a result, need bullpen depth.