The Baltimore Orioles traded right-handed reliever Brad Brach to the Atlanta Braves for international signing bonus money July 29.
The Orioles announced the trade not long after they beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 11-5, July 29. Brach didn't pitch in the game.
Brach recorded a 4.85 ERA during 39 innings for the Orioles this year, but was one of the most consistent relievers in the American League prior to this season. Brach posted four consecutive seasons of a 3.18 ERA or lower from 2014-2017. Brach was an AL All-Star in 2016, when he posted a 2.05 ERA during 79 innings and averaged 10.5 strikeouts and 2.8 walks per nine innings.
However, Brach's numbers have dipped since his All-Star campaign. His strikeouts are down to 8.8 per nine innings this year, while his walk rate is up to 4.4 per nine innings. He's been spotty of late, as well; he's allowed 10 runs (eight earned) during 6 2/3 innings this month.
But Brach's tenure in Baltimore will be considered a resounding success. Acquired from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Devin Jones in November 2013, Brach posted a 2.99 ERA during 327 2/3 innings from 2014-2017.
Brach could fit in a late-inning role for Atlanta, much like he did for most of his time in Baltimore. Arodys Vizcaino, the Braves' regular closer who has 15 saves on the season, is on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Atlanta also recently acquired lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Tampa Bay.
Baltimore acquired $250,000 in international spending money from the Braves,
according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic
, which may be a sign that the club plans to be more active during the current international signing period than it's been in past years.
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