O’s claim Ureña off waivers from Jays; designate Valaika

After agreeing to terms with all four remaining eligible players (Trey Mancini, Mychal Givens, Hanser Alberto, and Miguel Castro), the Orioles have made another move, claiming infielder Richard Ureña off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ureña, 23, slashed .243/.273/.324 in 30 games played with the Jays last season. He spent most of the year in Triple-A, where he hit .274/.314/.393, with six home runs and 52 RBI in 98 games.

Ureña was signed as an international free agent by Toronto for $725,000 in 2012 out of his home country, the Dominican Republic.

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With the claim, the Orioles have a solid, young utility infielder that is under contract until 2026. As of now, Ureña looks to be a part of the future plans in Baltimore.

In order to make room for Ureña on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated infielder Pat Valaika for assignment.

Welcome to Birdland, Richard!

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