Blue Jays claim Oramas, sign Albers to Minors deal

Blue Jays claim Oramas, sign Albers to Minors deal

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added pitching depth Friday by claiming left-hander Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres and signing left-hander Andrew Albers to a Minor League contract.

Oramas was in San Diego's system for eight seasons and compiled a 47-29 record with a 3.40 ERA in 158 games, including 111 starts. He spent most of 2014 at Triple-A El Paso and posted a 5.61 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

The 24-year-old has an option remaining on his contract and is a candidate to start the season at Triple-A Buffalo. Another scenario could see Oramas competing for a spot in Toronto's bullpen, but with a couple of late-inning relievers still needed, that seems unlikely.

Albers received an invitation to Spring Training after spending the 2014 season with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The native of Saskatchewan made his Major League debut with the Twins in 2013 and went 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 starts. Albers previously represented Canada in the 2011 Baseball World Cup and won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2010.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.