Tyler Cyr was a victim of a numbers game for the Oakland A’s.
Someone needed to be removed from the 40 man roster to make room for Shintaro Fujinami. That ended up being Cyr’s fate as he was designated for assignment over the weekend to make room for the A’s latest signing.
Tyler Cyr may slide through waivers for Oakland A’s
Cyr is the type of pitcher that virtually every major league team has stashed in Triple-A. He has some command issues but can strike out over a batter an inning. Despite being on the older side, he has minimal major league experience. He is, essentially, the definition of being just another guy in the minors.
But Cyr also performed well during his time in Oakland after being claimed off of waivers from the Phillies. He produced a 2.08 ERA and a 1.077 WHiP over his 13 innings, striking out 16 batters with five walks. Considering that the A’s bullpen desperately needed someone that could get outs, Cyr was a revelation over those final few weeks.
He will be turning 30 years old in May. And he has just 13.1 innings of major league experience. Cyr does not have the type of arsenal that teams look for as his fastball only averages 94 MPH instead of lighting up the radar gun. He generates plenty of swings and misses, but lives by the ground ball.
That profile makes it likely that he can slip through waivers. Teams may not be willing to have Cyr take up a spot on the 40 man roster despite his full slate of options. Should that prove to be the case, he could still have a role in Oakland this season as the A’s look for pieces in their bullpen that can get outs.
Tyler Cyr could still make an impact on the Oakland A’s bullpen in 2023. They just need to get him to slide through waivers first.