Infielder Wilmer Difo went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for task and has rejected the Diamondbacks’ outright task to Triple-A Reno in favor of free company, as first indicated on the transaction log at MiLB.com. As an outrighted participant with greater than three years of service time, he’d have been capable of turn into a free agent at season’s finish even when he accepted.
The 30-year-old Difo appeared in simply three video games with the D-backs, going 0-for-6 in that point. He’s spent components of eight seasons within the Majors and logged almost 5 years of MLB service time, nevertheless, hitting a mixed .250/.311/.353 in 1306 large league plate appearances. Most of that point has been spent with the Nationals in a utility capability, though Difo did make 240 plate appearances with the Pirates in 2021 and submit a decent .269/.329/.384 slash.
Difo has spent the majority of the present season in Reno, the place his offensive output largely mirrors that Pittsburgh manufacturing from one 12 months in the past (albeit in a way more hitter-friendly setting). In 306 Triple-A plate appearances, the switch-hitter has a .269/.312/.398 batting line with seven homers, 15 doubles and 4 steals. He’s performed primarily shortstop and third base this season, however Difo additionally has greater than 2300 skilled innings at second base and has now appeared at each spot on the diamond aside from catcher (although he’d in all probability want to neglect the eight runs he allowed in two innings of mop-up obligation with the ’21 Pirates).
On condition that he cleared waivers, there is probably not a right away alternative for Difo within the dwindling 2022 common season. Nevertheless, he grades out as a stable defender at shortstop and has loads of defensive versatility, so he ought to search out one other alternative on a minor league take care of a staff trying to find infield depth this offseason.