The Oakland Athletics successfully outrighted catcher Carson Blair to Triple-A Nashville after he cleared waivers. Blair served as the club's third catcher and received significant playing time in September following injuries to Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley before his own season ended with knee surgery. Following the club losing Dan Otero to a waiver claim by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier Tuesday, the A's have 39 players on their 40-man roster, including seven players on the 60-day disabled list.
Blair is eligible to elect free agency on Friday as a player with at least seven seasons in the minor leagues. The A's signed him to a minor league deal after he reached free agency following seven years in the Boston Red Sox organization.
The right-handed batting Blair picked up his first career major league hit on his eighth plate appearance, a solo home run on September 13. Blair's last game was September 24, and he finished the year 4-for-31 with four walks and 18 strikeouts, a .129/.229/.225 batting line.