Blue Jays Claim Burnett and Robinson, Trade Anderson

The minor moves of depth players continued this week.

The Blue Jays claimed right-handed pitcher Alex Burnett off waivers from the Twins and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Pirates.

Burnett, 25, made 67 appearances for the Twins last season, posting a 3.52 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9.  To date, the he has posted a 4.61 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 across three major league campaigns.

Robinson, 28, played in four big league games for the Royals last season but spent the bulk of the season in triple-A.  In 131 games, Robinson hit .292 avg, .393 obp, and .452 slg with 13 homers.

Burnett has been sent to triple-A and Robinson has been sent to double-A.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Toronto designated first baseman Lars Anderson for assignment.  Anderson cleared waivers and the Jays promptly traded him to the White Sox for cash considerations.  The White Sox had lost Anderson to the Jays on a waiver claim a little over a month ago.  Nothing like claiming a guy and then having a team pay you to get him back.

The left-handed hitter, spent most of the 2012 season at triple-A, where he posted a .250 avg, .353 obp, and .396 slg in 470 plate appearances.

Anderson was thought to provide depth since the Jays release David Cooper (serious back injury) but it appears they prefer Robinson over Anderson.






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