Every Monday through the end of spring training, Times staff writer Jake Rill will write about one of the new players that the Baltimore Orioles have acquired this offseason.
Brad Brach hasn't experienced much winning during his first two full seasons in the major leagues.
The right-handed relief pitcher has been a member of the San Diego Padres, who have finished under .500 each of the past three seasons.
Now, Brach has joined the Baltimore Orioles, a team that has had back-to-back winning seasons. And that's what Brach is looking most forward to.
"Not winning makes it not that fun," Brach said at Orioles FanFest earlier this month. "San Diego, we had a couple not the best years the last few years when I was up, so coming to a team knowing that you have a shot to go to the playoffs, World Series, whatever every year ... that's what makes it the most exciting."
Although the Padres hadn't played that well, Brach had. In parts of three seasons, Brach pitched to a 3.70 ERA in 109 appearances.
In 2012, Brach was 2-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 67 appearances, the most he's had in a single season. In 2013, he was 1-0 with a 3.19 ERA in 33 appearances.
The Orioles acquired Brach on Nov. 25 in exchange for minor-league pitcher Devin Jones, after Brach had been previously designated for assignment by San Diego.
Brach was a 42nd-round pick in the 2008 draft, and had success in the minor leagues after that, pitching to a 2.34 ERA and 118 saves over six minor-league seasons.
There will certainly be spots open in the Baltimore bullpen. Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, and Darren O'Day are essentially locks.
Also, there will be many new faces competing for spots including Brach, Ryan Webb, Edgmer Escalona, Alfredo Aceves, and others. Plus returning guys, such as Steve Johnson.
Brach said he would be fine with any role that he can fill for the Orioles.
"Whatever they need. If they need a long guy, I could do that. If they need seventh, eighth, ninth, whatever I can do to help win, that's what I'm willing and ready to do," Brach said. "They haven't really told me anything yet, just whatever I can do to help."
No matter what role Brach takes on for the Orioles, he said he's just glad to be in an organization that has been having success.
"It's awesome, I'm real excited," Brach said. "For the last couple of months, getting to meet some people and get the feel of the organization, it just feels great to be here."