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Blue Jays claim Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from Diamondbacks

Mar 20, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays announced late this afternoon that they have claimed infielder/outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Diamondbacks. In a corresponding roster move, Toronto released left-hander Luis Perez to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Tuiasosopo hit .244/.351/.415 with seven home runs and 30 RBI over 191 plate appearances with the Tigers last season, but he wasn’t nearly as productive after a mid-season rib cage injury. Arizona claimed him off waivers from Detroit in November, but now he’s on the move again.

Tuiasosopo is out of options, so the Blue Jays will have to expose him to waivers if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old has a decent chance to stick as a utility player.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    What do they want with this guy? They have a hard enough time pronouncing French names in Toronto.

  2. themuddychicken - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Tuiasosopooooo!!!! *shakes fists*

  3. balfe13 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    So I’m assuming he’s not the one who pretended to be Manti Te’o’s girlfriend?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      His cousin.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I like Tui. I was sad to lose him. I’d rather have him than a couple of other guys we have. I know his bat got cold last year at a bad time, but still. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much SS experience and none at 2B and there were better OF options available. Sigh.

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    I expect that the Jays want him for their Triple A team and will try to sneak him through waivers at the end of spring training.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Perez had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and had further surgery in the last off season. So far this spring, he is not ready to pitch.

  6. nymets4ever - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    DirtyHarry, the floor is yours…

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Why, did you buy him a mop and pail?

      • nbjays - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        Why not? Harry’s the one who flung crap all over it in the first place.

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