A’s Claim Chris Gimenez, Release Pedro Figueroa

3:53pm: To make room on the 40-man roster for Gimenez, the A's released left-hander Pedro Figueroa, the team announced on Twitter.

Figueroa, 28, has a career 4.38 ERA in 24 2/3 innings for the A's, but he's walked more batters (18) than he's struck out (17) at the Major League level. After struggling through the 2011 season as a starter in Double-A, Figueroa converted to the bullpen and has experiences a nice turnaround at Triple-A. In 104 innings at that level, he has a 3.46 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9.

12:48pm: The Athletics have claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off waivers from the Rays, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee (Twitter link).

Gimenez, who will turn 31 a week from today, batted .224/.350/.305 for the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in 2013 and also made a brief appearance with the big league club. In parts of five Major League seasons (380 plate appearances), the right-handed hitter is a .199/.292/.293 hitter. He is a .267/.375/.445 hitter in 10 minor league seasons.

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