Orioles claim Edgar Olmos from Cubs, designate Junior Lake for assignment

The Orioles added another left-hander with major league experience to their roster.

The Orioles have added to their left-handed-pitching arsenal by claiming 25-year-old Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

To make room for Olmos on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated outfielder Junior Lake for assignment. Lake was acquired in the July 31 deadline deal that sent reliever Tommy Hunter to the Cubs.

Lake, 25, appeared in eight games for the Orioles, getting three doubles and striking out nine times in 22 plate appearances.

The Orioles nearly acquired Olmos earlier this month. They were choosing between him and another lefty, C.J. Riefenhauser, as part of the Mark Trumbo-Steve Clevenger trade with the Seattle Mariners.

The Orioles ultimately picked Riefenhauser and the Mariners put Olmos on waivers when they claimed infielder Andy Wilkins from Baltimore. Olmos was claimed by the Cubs on Friday.

The Cubs then waived him and the Orioles grabbed the former third-round draft pick of the Miami Marlins (2008). Olmos has pitched in 11 games in the majors in his career, including six appearances last season with the Mariners. In 14 innings with Seattle, including two starts, Olmos was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA, allowing 16 hits, walking eight and striking out four. He had a 3.55 ERA in 20 games with Triple-A Tacoma in 2015.

Olmos likely will be in the mix for a bullpen spot with the Orioles this spring. 

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