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Juan Oramas claimed on waivers by Blue Jays

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Former Padres minor leaguer Juan Pablo Oramas was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a club release Friday afternoon. The Mexican lefty is 24 and has already spent eight seasons in professional ball (including a season in the Mexican League).

Last season he was used primarily as a starter in triple-A, recording a 5.61 ERA, which is about a run above average in the Pacific Coast League. However, he has been on a good run for Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League (winter ball) this offseason, recording 61 strikeouts over 63.2 innings to lead the league.

Oramas was designated for assignment when the Padres signed Brandon Morrow so it's kind of like a trade (but really, not really). He was first added to the Padres' 40-man roster in November 2013 to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, so he still has two option years remaining.

This move leaves two empty spots on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster.