Cards claim lefty Aquino off waivers from Tribe

Cards claim lefty Aquino off waivers from Tribe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Cardinals claimed left-hander Jayson Aquino off waivers from the Indians on Wednesday, bringing their 40-man roster to 35 players.

Aquino, 23, was 5-11 with a 3.28 ERA in 24 Minor League starts in 2015 while pitching for the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Toronto organizations. He began his career in the Rockies' system and is 32-37 with a 2.94 ERA in 99 Minor League games (98 starts), with all but two coming below Double-A.

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Aquino will likely begin the 2016 season in Double-A, where he can give the organization "some flexibility" as a starter or reliever.

"He has some upside," Mozeliak added. "We'll see what he can do."

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