The Orioles have claimed catcher Luis Exposito off waivers from the Red Sox, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
To make room for Exposito on the club's 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated third baseman Josh Bell for assignment.
The 25-year-old Exposito, who was in major league spring training camp with the Red Sox this season, put up a career .268/.324/.420 line in seven minor league seasons with Boston. He was hitting .200/.273/.400 in 10 at bats this season with Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Orioles have been looking to secure organizational catching depth.
With Taylor Teagarden, signed in the offseason to be Matt Wieters backup, on the disabled list with back problems, it allowed non-roster invitee Ronny Paulino, who was likely to begin the season at Triple-A, to make the Orioles' 25-man roster out of camp.
As for Bell, once a top prospect in the Dodgers organization, it's been a steady fall. Bell, 25, owned a .200/.221/.264 line in 79 games with the Orioles in 2010 and 2011. This spring, he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, where he was hitting just .094/.256/.250 in nine games for the Tides and even lost his starting spot at third base.
The Orioles acquired Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson in the trade that sent reliever George Sherrill to the Dodgers on July 30, 2009.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun