Pittsburgh Pirates v Baltimore Orioles

The Atlanta Braves added depth to their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring reliever Luis Ayala from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league left-hander Chris Jones.

Ayala, a nine-year veteran, has appeared in two games this season for the Orioles, allowing two runs on four hits. Last season, the 35-year old right-hander appeared in 66 games for Baltimore, posting a 2.64 ERA, 3.67 FIP with 6.1 K/9. The Orioles had been trying to deal him since spring training.

The Braves have been short in regards to bullpen options after learning set-up man Jonny Venters would be out for the first four weeks of the season with a elbow injury. Currently the Braves bullpen consists of Jordan Walden, Eric O’Flaherty, Luis Avilan, Cory Gearrin, Cristhian Martinez and closer Craig Kimbrel. Combined they have a 1.88 ERA and 6.4 K/9 in 24 innings pitched this season.

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