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LHP Pedro Figueroa claimed off waivers

The Texas Rangers claimed left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and designated right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Figueroa was put on waivers after the Rays signed Grant Balfour. They had originally claimed him off waivers from the Oakland A's earlier in the month. Figueroa, 28, has made 24 relief appearances for the A’s the over the past seasons, allowing four runs over three innings (five outings) with Oakland in 2013. He was 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA and two saves in 59 1/3 innings pitched last season at Triple-A Sacramento. Between the majors and minors last year, Figueroa held left-handed batters to a .229 average.

Roe, 27, made his big league debut with the Diamondbacks last season and was 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA in 21 games. Texas has 10 days to trade, release or outright Roe to the minors.