The bullpen arm carousel has come full circle, as the Orioles have claimed Eric Hanhold off waivers from the Mets this afternoon. The Mets designated Hanhold for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Donnie Hart, who was a member of the Orioles organization until this season. Hart began the season with the Brewers and appeared in just four games before the Mets claimed him in early August. A lefty specialist, Hart is now in his second stint with the Mets in 2019.
To make room on their 40-man roster for Hanhold, the Orioles have designated Ty Blach for assignment. The Orioles claimed Blach in August and he pitched to an 11.32 ERA in 20 2⁄3 innings for Baltimore.
Hanhold was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Brewers. He was traded to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Neil Walker trade in 2017. Hanhold tossed just 2 1⁄3 big league innings with the Mets in 2018 over three appearances. He surrendered two runs on four hits, walked a batter, and struck out two. Hanhold posted a 4.62 ERA over 48 2⁄3 innings this season for Triple-A Syracuse.