Marlins lose McKirahan to Braves on waivers

Marlins lose McKirahan to Braves on waivers

JUPITER, Fla. -- Andrew McKirahan, a Rule 5 Draft pick by the Marlins at the Winter Meetings, was claimed off waivers on Wednesday by the Braves. The 25-year-old lefty reliever impressed in Spring Training, but he was caught in a numbers situation with Miami.

The Marlins placed McKirahan on waivers on Monday, and teams had until 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday to place a claim. As a Rule 5 Draft pick, McKirahan has to be on the Braves' 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the Cubs, his original team.

McKirahan hasn't pitched above Double-A. In seven Grapefruit League games with the Marlins, the lefty posted a 3.00 ERA over nine innings. He struck out six and walked three.

McKirahan's upside caught the attention of a number of teams this spring, and the Marlins strongly considered retaining the Georgetown, Texas, native.

But Miami decided to round out its bullpen with right-hander Sam Dyson, who offers the flexibility to log multiple innings.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.