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12/21/2012 2:49 PM ET

Rangers acquire LHP Jeff Beliveau from Chicago Cubs on waiver claim

Lefty made major league debut in 2012

The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau (pronounced bell-eh-VOH) on a waiver claim.

Beliveau, 25, made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2012, going 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA (9 ER/17.2 IP) in 22 relief appearances.  He spent the remainder of last season with Triple-A Iowa, going 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA (19 ER/44.0 IP) over 37 games.  He had been designated for assignment on December 12 when the Cubs signed third baseman Ian Stewart.

Originally selected by Chicago-NL in the 18th round of the 2008 June draft, Beliveau was the 2011 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year.  Over his five-year minor league career, he has averaged 11.6 strikeouts-per-9-innings and just 0.6 home runs allowed-per-9-innings.

With today's transaction, the Rangers now have a full 40-man roster.

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