The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed corner infielder Matt Hague off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, per a club announcement. The 28-year-old Hague was designated for assignment last week by the Pirates following the acquisition of right-hander John Axford, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.
Capable of playing both first and third base, Hague has spent only a limited amount of time in the big leagues, accruing 76 total plate appearances over the 2012 and 2014 seasons. In 33 major league games, he has hit .222/.263/.250 with a -0.4 WAR. A ninth round pick out of the 2008 draft, Hague has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Pirates' organization, hitting .293/.367/.425 in seven minor league seasons. This year, he has a .267/.365/.448 line with 14 home runs in 386 plate appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Hague will report to the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, New York.