ST. PETERSBURG, FL-The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed first baseman/outfielder Brandon Allen off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. He will be placed on the active 25-man major league roster and a corresponding roster move will be made later. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, catcher Robinson Chirinos has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Allen, who turned 26 in February, was designated for assignment on April 9 to make room for first baseman Daric Barton who was returning from the disabled list. He was acquired by the A's from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a deal for pitcher Brad Ziegler at last year's trade deadline.
The left-handed hitter has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, batting .205 (68-for-331) with 11 HR, 38 RBI and 40 walks in 109 games with the Diamondbacks (2009-11) and A's (2011-12). He was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in three games with the A's this season.
Over eight seasons in the minors, Allen has hit .268 with a .355 on-base percentage and 142 home runs in the Chicago White Sox, Diamondbacks and A's organizations. Last season he hit .299 (103-for-344) with 21 HR and 72 RBI in 93 games split between Triple-A Reno (Diamondbacks) and Triple-A Sacramento (A's). He was originally selected by the White Sox in the fifth round of the 2004 June Draft and was dealt to Arizona on
July 7, 2009 for Tony Peña.