Left-hander Dan Meyer has been claimed off of waivers by the Florida Marlins, the Oakland A's announced on Monday. Meyer, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves as part of the Tim Hudson trade before the 2005 season, went 10-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 22 appearances for Triple-A Sacramento and 0-4 with a 7.48 ERA in 11 appearances for Oakland in 2008.
Meyer was a first-round pick of the Braves in the 2002 draft out of James Madison University. He quickly rose through the Braves system and was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball when he was acquired by the A's in December 2004. Meyer struggled with Oakland in 2005 and 2006, however, posting ERAs in the fives with Sacramento during both seasons. As it turned out, Meyer was pitching through a shoulder problem that affected his range of motion in his throwing arm. Surgery in 2006 allowed him to mount a comeback campaign in 2007. That season, he was 8-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts for Sacramento. He appeared in six games (three starts) for Oakland towards the end of that season, posting an 0-2 record and an 8.82 ERA.
In 2008, Meyer spent the first four-plus months of the season with Sacramento before getting an opportunity to join the A's rotation in August. He pitched well for the River Cats during his time in Triple-A. Despite having an ERA of more than a run higher than in 2007, Meyer's peripherals were actually about the same with the River Cats as they were in 2007. However, Meyer struggled badly with the A's, especially as a starter. He posted a 9.60 ERA in four starts, allowing 22 hits and four homers in 15 innings. As a reliever, he had a 4.97 ERA in 12.2 innings with 12 strike-outs.
Meyer was the last player involved in the Hudson trade with the A's organization. He will be 27 at the start of next season. Before the start of the 2005 campaign, OaklandClubhouse.com ranked Meyer as the A's third-best prospect, behind only Nick Swisher and Daric Barton.
With the A's declining Alan Embree's option and with Keith Foulke, Frank Thomas and Emil Brown filing for free agency, Oakland's 40-man roster currently sits at 38 players.
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