Melvin won't comment about Lofgren
The Brewers announced Saturday that infielder Hernan Iribarren had been claimed off waivers by the Rangers, confirming the Internet rumor that he had been waived. The same website — Brewerfan.net — caught wind that the Brewers had begun the process of offering Rule 5 Draft pick Chuck Lofgren, a left-handed pitcher, back to the Indians.
General manager Doug Melvin had little to say on that front Saturday.
“There’s nothing to report on it,” Melvin said.
Teams must run such players through waivers before formally offering them back, and if the player clears, his new team and his original team have 72 hours to work out a trade. If trade talks don’t go anywhere, the original team — Cleveland, in Lofgren’s case — must decide whether to take him back in exchange for half of the original $50,000 Draft fee, or to let the Brewers keep the player.
Even if Lofgren had cleared waivers, Melvin said, the club would not be able to tell reporters about it.
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