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02/01/2008 3:11 PM ET
Pirates claim infielder Ray Olmedo off waivers
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today claimed infielder Ray Olmedo off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. To make room for Olmedo on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left-handed pitcher Sean Burnett for assignment. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

Olmedo, 26, spent a majority of the 2007 season with Triple-A Syracuse, where he batted a team-high .290 (95-for-328) with 12 doubles, one home run, 26 RBI and 32 runs scored in 97 games. He was promoted to Toronto on Aug. 3 and made 24 appearances at shortstop and two at third base for the Blue Jays.

"Ray Olmedo adds more experience to our club and gives us additional depth up the middle as we head into Spring Training," said Huntington.

Olmedo was originally signed by Cincinnati as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 21, 1999. He made his big league debut in 2003 with the Reds, where he hit .239 while playing in a career-high 79 games. The switch-hitting infielder has spent parts of each of the last five seasons in the Major Leagues with Cincinnati (2003-06) and Toronto (2007). During his career in the big leagues, Olmedo has played 91 games at shortstop, 54 at second base, five at third base and one in right field.

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