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Another waiver claim for Hoffpauir

Former Memphis and St. Louis second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir has moved from Toronto to San Diego.

Jarrett Hoffpauir (Brian Walton photo)San Diego and Toronto seem to be collection points for former St. Louis Cardinals. That pattern continued this week.

Though the Scott Rolen-Troy Glaus trade received the most attention, the Blue Jays seem most involved with waiver claims made. Many times, the players don’t stick north of the border too long, as was the case with Cody Haerther and Kelvin Jimenez. Now, Jarrett Hoffpauir can be added to the list.

The former Memphis (and briefly St. Louis) second baseman was awarded to the San Diego Padres this week after the Jays had placed him on waivers earlier. Hoffpauir had moved to the Jays when he was claimed from the Cardinals last November 4. He was viewed as expendable in part due to the rise in prominence of Daniel Descalso.

Hoffpauir had been added to the Cardinals’ 40-man roster two years earlier as protection from the Rule 5 draft. The now-27-year-old made his MLB debut with St. Louis on July 3, 2009 but only appeared in eight games with the Cardinals. Originally, Hoffpauir had been selected by the Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

The right-handed hitter appeared in 13 games for the Blue Jays this season when starter Edwin Encarnacion temporarily lost his job. Hoffpauir appeared in 11 games at third base and two at second base. After hitting just .206 (7-for-34), he was returned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

With Las Vegas, Hoffpauir hit .295 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 107 Pacific Coast League games. He also drew 58 walks against just 34 strikeouts and forged a .376 on-base percentage. He was originally named a PCL All-Star, but missed the game when called up.

With Padres second baseman David Eckstein eligible for free agency, San Diego looks to be stocking up on potential replacement candidates. Former Redbirds second sacker Edgar Gonzalez also played for the Padres with his brother Adrian in 2008-09 before heading to Japan this past summer, where he batted .263 in 100 games with the Yomiuri Giants.

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