TORONTO -- The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Andrew Carpenter on waivers from the Padres on Friday afternoon.
Carpenter appeared in 12 games with the Padres and Phillies in 2011 and posted a 7.98 ERA in 12 games. The 26-year-old struck out 16 and walked seven over 14 2/3 innings.
"We think he has a chance to be a pretty solid middle reliever," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said on Friday. "He certainly can come in and compete, and it's just trying to build depth for us."
Carpenter is out of options on his contract and will have to make the Blue Jays' 25-man roster out of Spring Training or risk being exposed to waivers.
The California native was a second-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He went 5-1 with a 1.79 ERA in 60 1/3 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011.