Aug 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo (18) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Detroit won 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Claim Outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo From Diamondbacks

The Toronto Blue Jays made a few waves this afternoon, and admittedly one of the head-scratching kind, by claiming outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off of waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. To make room for Tuiasosopo on the 40-man roster, Toronto released left-hander Luis Perez according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

The 27-year-old Tuiasosopo hit .244 for the Detroit Tigers last season with 7 home runs and 30 RBI in 191 plate appearances and owns a lifetime slash-line of .207/.290/.356 for his career. Oddly enough, the right-handed hitter owns a reverse split s seen in the statistics below from Baseball-Reference.

I Split PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
vs RHP as RHB 179 36 10 4 25 12 64 .221 .287 .368 .655 .337
vs LHP as RHB 222 38 5 8 20 26 63 .196 .293 .345 .638 .242
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/20/2014.

With that in mind, Tuiasosopo is a strange pick-up. His splits don’t make him a candidate as a platoon partner for Adam Lind and there really isn’t a place for him on the outfield with Moises Sierra expected to hold down the 4th outfielder position. Additionally, Dan Johnson‘s big spring would make Tuiasosopo a redundant piece. The only place for Tuiasosopo would be in Triple-A as outfielder depth, but the Blue Jays would need to sneak him through waivers as he is out of options.

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