Orioles deal minor-league pitcher Cole McCurry to Braves

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles have traded minor-league left-hander Cole McCurry to the Braves, reportedly for cash.

McCurry was 0-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 51 2/3 innings this season, mostly at Double-A Bowie, but had joined Triple-A Norfolk to work two outing in relief. Six days ago, when the Orioles added 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer to Norfolk’s roster, McCurry was assigned to short-season Class-A Aberdeen.

On Saturday morning, McCurry -- a 43rd-round selection of the Orioles in 2007 -- acknowledged the trade on Twitter, saying, "Would like to thank the orioles for the opportunity. Wish nothing by the best for all my teammates. A lot of guys I'm going to miss. ... Ready for the next chapter and a succesful career with the #braves! Very excited."

The Orioles minor-league pitching staffs have been getting crowded, especially at the Triple-A level, where Norfolk recently added Moyer and free-agent reliever Rich Rundles.

Left-hander Zach Britton is still at Norfolk, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez returned to the Tides to become a starter, and right-hander Joel Pineiro and left-hander Dontrelle Willis, who both were scheduled to pitch in a sim game today, will both join the Tides rotation soon.

He was coming off an impressive 2011 season in which he went a combined 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA between all three minor league levels. He was 4-0 with a 0.80 ERA in 15 relief appearances at Bowie.

He struggled this season making the adjustment back to the starter’s role, where he had pitched before the 2011 season. He was 0-7 with a 6.46 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) this year with the Baysox.

MASNSports.com first reported the trade.

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