The Toronto Blue Jays made a couple roster moves today that involve the cousin of the man who catfished San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o.
Toronto claimed former Detroit Tigers and now Arizona Diamondbacks’ outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the D’Backs and released left handed pitcher Luis Perez according to Gregor Chisholm on Twitter.
#BlueJays claim OF Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Perez was released to make room on the 40-man roster.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 20, 2014
Tuiasosopo debuted with the Seattle Mariners back in 2008 and spent a couple of seasons with them before he landed with the Tigers. He hit .244/.351/.415 across the line with seven home runs in over 190 plate appearances with the Tigers last season.
He’ll serve as a utility player for the Blue Jays, giving them depth in not only the outfield, but the infield as well.
The 29 year old left handed pitcher posted a 4.50 ERA with the Toronto Blue Jays over 112 innings of work in the three years he spent on the Major League roster. He only appeared in six games last year, pitching through five innings and being charged with three earned runs.