Russ Canzler

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Russ Canzler
Russ Canzler on September 1, 2012.jpg
Canzler with the Cleveland Indians
Free agent
Third baseman
Born: (1986-04-11) April 11, 1986 (age 30)
Berwick, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 15, 2011, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .271
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 12
Career highlights and awards

Russell Michael Canzler (born April 11, 1986) is an American professional baseball third baseman who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Canzler playing for the Peoria Chiefs, single-A affiliates of the Chicago Cubs, in 2007

Canzler was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Hazleton Area School District. He played in the Cubs organization from 2004 to 2010.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Before the 2011 season, in his first year of free agency, he signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays,[1] saying later he thought it gave him the best chance to make the major leagues.[2] He was the 2011 International League MVP after hitting .314/.401/.530 with 18 home runs and 83 runs batted in (RBIs) in 131 games.[3]

Canzler fulfilled his goal in signing with the Rays when was called up to the majors for the first time on September 11, 2011.[4]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Canzler was traded to the Cleveland Indians on January 31, 2012 in exchange for cash considerations.[5] Canzler was designated for assignment on December 19, 2012 to make room on the 40-man roster for Mark Reynolds.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Canzler off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on December 21, 2012.[6] Cleveland reacquired Canzler off waivers from Toronto on January 2, 2013,[7][8] then the New York Yankees claimed him off waivers from the Indians a day later on January 4, 2013.[9] The Yankees designated Canzler for assignment on February 1, when they signed Travis Hafner. He was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on February 5, 2013.[10]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On July 12, 2013, Canzler was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Tim Alderson.[11] He was designated for assignment on August 27, 2013.

New York Yankees[edit]

Canzler signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees in October 2013.[12] On June 21, 2014, he was released by the Yankees.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Canzler signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 26, 2014, and was assigned to the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[13] On November 13, 2014, Canzler was re-signed by the Phillies.[14] He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.[15]


  1. ^ Seamon, Dave (20 November 2010). "Canzler adds to Rays' local flavor". Standard-Speaker. Hazleton, PA. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Laws, Will (9 June 2011). "Canzler sparking Bulls". The News & Observer. Raleigh, NC. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Chastain, Bill (30 August 2011). "Canzler named International League MVP". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Topkin, Marc (11 September 2011). "Triple-A stars Russ Canzler, Dane De La Rosa to join Tampa Bay Rays today". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Hoynes, Paul (31 January 2012). "Cleveland Indians acquire INF/OF Russ Canzler from Rays for cash". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, OH. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
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  12. ^ Cohen, Jason (December 2, 2013). "Yankees sign Russ Canzler to a minor league deal". Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
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  14. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (November 13, 2014). "The Phillies sign Jeff Francoeur, seven others to minor league deals". Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ "International League Transactions". p. November 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 

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