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Mariners claim catcher Guillermo Quiroz from Toronto
03/31/2006 5:11 PM ET
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Bill Bavasi announced today that the club claimed catcher Guillermo Quiroz on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

To make room for Quiroz on the Mariners' 40-man roster, the club returned left-handed pitcher Luis Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gonzalez, 23, was acquired by Seattle on Dec. 15 from Colorado after being selected by the Rockies in the 2005 Major League Rule 5 draft from Los Angeles. He was 0-1, 8.18 (10ER/11.0IP) in eight Spring Training appearances with Seattle.

Quiroz, 24, played in 12 games with the Blue Jays last year, batting .194 (7x36) with four RBI. He made his Major League debut in 2004, playing in 17 games. A native of Venezuela, the right-handed hitting catcher was originally signed by Toronto as a non-drafted free agent on Sept. 25, 1998.

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