Braves pick up reliever Luis Ayala from O’s


On Wednesday the Braves acquired right handed reliever Luis Ayala from the Orioles. Ayala will join the Braves bullpen which is missing set-up man Jonny Venters.

Ayala is making $1 million this season.

The Orioles received 24-year-old minor leaguer Chris Jones in the deal. Jones will be assigned to Double-A Bowie. Last year he had a 3.90 ERA in 60 innings of relief while at the Double-A level.

Atlanta acquired a reliever who pitched 75 innings last season finishing with a 2.64 ERA and a 51/15 K/BB ratio. In order to place Ayala on the roster the Braves are expected to designate Anthony Varvaro or Christian Martinez for assignment.

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