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The Atlanta Braves have acquired LHP Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The Braves badly need bullpen depth. Their bullpen wasn\’t great entering the season, and it got even worse when closer Arodys Vizcaino got injured, and will miss the season. To put Blevins on the 40 man roster, Vizcaino was moved to the 60 day IL. The Braves still remain a suitor for free agent Craig Kimbrel, with AJ Minter struggling in the closer role. The only relievers that are off to a good start are Luke Jackson, and Dan Winkler, who hasn\’t pitched much (4.2 innings). Blevins is an experienced reliever, who aside from 2018, has had a good career as of late.
Blevins, 35, hasn\’t pitched in the MLB this year. In 2018 with the New York Mets, Blevins had a 4.85 ERA, a 4.97 FIP and 41 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. In his MLB career with the Mets, A\’s and Washington Nationals, Blevins has a 3.52 ERA, with a 3.66 FIP plus 471 strikeouts in 463 innings.
For the A\’s, they signed Blevins to a minor league deal, hoping that he would have the production he had when he was with the team from 2007 to 2013, including three good years to end his A\’s tenure. Blevins had an awful Spring Training, allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings, and was in AAA. Getting something for him is better than releasing the lefty.