The Orioles continued to add depth to their bullpen on Monday, acquiring right-handed reliever Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league starter Devin Jones.
Brach was 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA over parts of three major league seasons with the Padres. Last season, he was 1-0 with a 3.19 ERA 36 hits, 31 strikeouts and 19 walks in 31 relief innings. He had 15 holds while pitching to a 3.78 ERA in 2012, recording career highs in innings (66 2/3) and appearances (67).
The 27-year-old Brach, who was designated for assignment by San Diego last week, throws a fastball that averaged 92 mph last season and compliments it with a slider and split-fingered changeup.
“He's got a good arm, and he's had a good track record in the big leagues,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said about Brach. “He can strike hitters out and pitch effectively. He gives us a little more depth in the bullpen.”
Jones, a ninth-round pick in 2011, struggled last season at Double-A Bowie, going 4-7 with a 5.84 ERA over 123 1/3 innings. Over his first two pro seasons, the 23-year-old Jones compiled a 3.32 ERA.
Brach is the third bullpen arm the Orioles have added to their 40-man roster in recent days. Last week, they signed left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz and right-hander Edgmer Escalona to major-league contracts.
The Orioles’ 40-man roster now has 37 players.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun