Padres claim Laforest; Oxspring sold
Chris Oxspring

Posted Dec 9, 2005

The San Diego Padres claimed catcher Pete Laforest off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and have sold the contract of right-handed pitcher Chris Oxspring to the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League.

Pete Laforest, 27, batted .172 (11-for-64) with one home run, three doubles and four RBI in 25 games with Tampa Bay in 2005. He opened the season with the Devil Rays' Triple-A Durham affiliate where he hit .270 (73-for-270) with 21 home runs, 18 doubles, 52 RBI and 41 runs scored. His home run total was the second-highest of any catcher in the International League last season. Over parts of two Major League seasons with the Devil Rays (2003, 2005), Laforest has a career batting average of .170 (19-for-112) with one homer and 10 RBI in 44 games. Originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 16th round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft, Laforest has a career minor league batting average of .258 (617-for-2387) with 101 homers, 143 doubles and 374 RBI in 681 games between the Montreal (1995) and Tampa Bay (1997-2005) organizations.

Chris Oxspring, 28, appeared in five games with the Padres with no record and a 3.75 ERA (5 ER/12.0 IP) and 11 strikeouts. Over parts of five minor league seasons in the Padres organization (2001-05), Oxspring has a 32-18 record with a 3.60 ERA (197 ER/493.0 IP) and 457 strikeouts in 152 games (65 starts).

With the addition of Laforest, the Padres 40-man roster now stands at 35.

Jack Cust was also signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, a move first announced by

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