OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's announced today that first baseman Brandon Allen was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Allen was designated for assignment April 9 when Daric Barton was reinstated from the disabled list. He was the A's Opening Day starter at first base but went 0 for 7 with five strikeouts in three games. Allen hit .314 with 14 RBI in 14 spring training games. The 26-year-old left-handed hitter was acquired by the A's from Arizona at the trading deadline last year and combined to hit .200 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 52 games with Oakland and the Diamondbacks.