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San Diego Padres Claim Tom Wilson

January 7, 2004

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The San Diego Padres claimed catcher Tom Wilson off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and designated right-handed pitcher Brandon Villafuerte for assignment on Wednesday.

Wilson spent the entire 2003 season with the Blue Jays, batting .258 with five home runs and 35 RBIs in 96 games. He split the catching job with Greg Myers.

In November, the Padres acquired All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez in a trade with Oakland.

Villafuerte went 0-2 with two saves and a 4.20 ERA in 31 relief appearances last season.

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