Blue Jays claim Alex Burnett, Clint Robinson

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-hander Alex Burnett off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-hander Alex Burnett off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team has announced.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Burnett and Robinson, Toronto designated first baseman Lars Anderson for assignment. He was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox a little over a month ago.

Burnett appeared in 67 games for the Twins last season, posting an ERA of 3.52 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio (SO/BB) of 1.38. The 25-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.61 over parts of three seasons in the minors with 1.51 SO/BB.

Robinson made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals last season, collecting no hits over four plate appearances. The Pirates acquired the 27-year-old in November with Vin Mazzaro in exchange for Luis Rico and Luis Santos.

Robinson spent a majority of the season with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, hitting .292/.393/.452 with 37 doubles and 13 home runs over 570 plate appearances. He owns a career batting line of .308/.382/.520 over six seasons in the minors.

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