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Cole Figueroa declines outright assignment by Dodgers, now a free agent

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LOS ANGELES -- Infielder Cole Figueroa cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City by the Dodgers, but he refused the assignment and is now a free agent.

Figueroa's time with the Dodgers was brief. He was 6-for-19 (.316) with a triple and three walks in six games in Triple-A Oklahoma City, stealing three bases and scoring five runs. He started three games at shortstop, two games at third base and once second base.

The Dodgers claimed Figueroa off waivers from the Pirates on June 28, but in need of space on the 40-man roster for the call up of outfielder Andrew Toles the club designated Figueroa for assignment on Friday.

Figueroa doesn't have the requisite three years of major league service time to reject the outright assignment, but he 29-year-old does have that right as someone who has been sent on outright assignment before. The Yankees designated him for assignment last September, then when he cleared waivers sent him outright to Triple-A.

In 26 games between Triple-A Indianapolis and Oklahoma City this season, Figueroa hit .309/.350/.417 in 26 games. He has played 48 major league games in parts of three seasons (2014-16) with the Rays, Yankees and Pirates, including 4-for-26 (.185) with a walk in 23 games for Pittsburgh this season.