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12/12/2006 4:31 PM ET
Pirates claim pitcher Franquelis Osoria
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have claimed right-handed pitcher Franquelis Osoria (first name pronounced "Frank-ellis") off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dave Littlefield.

Osoria, 25, split the 2006 season between Las Vegas (Dodgers' AAA) and the major leagues. He went 0-2 with a 7.13 (17.2ip/14er) in 12 relief appearances with the Dodgers and 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA (51.2ip/25er) in 44 relief appearances with Las Vegas.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Franquelis has posted a 5.13 ERA (47.1ip/27er) and an 0-4 record in 36 major league games. He made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2005, going 0-2 with a 3.94 ERA in 24 relief appearances. Originally signed by Los Angeles as a non-drafted free agent on December 28, 1999, Osoria has produced a 28-28 record, 23 saves and a 3.27 ERA in 224 career minor league games (27 starts).

There are now 40 players on Pittsburgh's 40-man roster.

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