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1/7/2014 1:56 P.M. ET

Rays claim lefty reliever Figueroa from A's

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced Tuesday that they have claimed left-handed reliever Pedro Figueroa off unconditional release waivers from the A's.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Jerry Sands was designated for assignment.

Figueroa pitched in 24 games for Oakland over the past two seasons, making five appearances in 2013.

The 28-year-old spent most of the past two years with Triple-A Sacramento, going 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 46 appearances last year after posting a 2.62 ERA in 32 games in 2012.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.