Rays claim of Figueroa official
The Rays have officially claimed LHP reliever Pedro Figueroa off waivers from the A's.
Figueroa, 28, was claimed last week but had until Wednesday to accept or decline. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated OF Jerry Sands for assignment. Sands had been claimed last month.
Figueroa has made 28 big league appearances the past two seasons with Oakland, posting a 4.38 ERA in 24 2/3 innings.
Figueroa, who is out of options, is expected to compete in spring training for a bullpen spot, though Tampa Bay already has it's share of lefties like Jake McGee, Alex Torres and Cesar Ramos.