The Jays have claimed Tommy Hottovy off waivers from the Rangers, who had DFA'ed him a couple days ago to make room for Lance Berkman on their 40-man roster. To make room on their own 40-man, the Jays have re-DFA'ed Chad Beck.
The Jays had already DFA'ed and lost Beck this winter, when the Pirates picked him up. The Pirates then traded Joel Hanrahan to Boston for two players, and suddenly needed an extra spot on their own 40-man, so they DFA'ed Beck.
Hottovy was acquired by Texas for cash in November from Kansas City (I believe this was a DFA-related trade). Upon doing a little bit of research, I have learned a bit about Hottovy; he's 31 years old, and has thrown 13 innings in his major league career. I suddenly feel embarrassed for making a post out of this.
For his part, Beck appeared in 14 games last season for the Jays, thanks to the myriad of pitching injuries suffered by the big league staff. Guys like Sergio Santos and Dustin McGowan needed to be removed from the 60-day DL, which caused Beck's DFA. He got in to 15 rough innings this year, and probably won't be missed terribly.
Elsewhere, Jack Morris has apparently been offered Alan Ashby's old job, now that Ash has gone and joined the Astros booth staff. I've heard very little of his work in Minnesota's booth, but what I've heard is very old-people-ey. A lot of cliches and things that scouts say in Moneyball. I pine for Dirk Hayhurst.
And finally, I ordered a hookah last week and it just showed up! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!