Orioles trade for reliever Asencio

The Orioles have acquired minor league right-hander Jairo Asencio from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Asencio, 28, pitched for both the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs last year before signing a minor league deal with the Brewers in the offseason.

He was 1-1 with a 5.96 ERA in 18 games for the Indians and posted a 3.07 ERA in 12 games with the Cubs. He also played in a total of nine games with the Atlanta Braves in 2009 and 2011. All 39 of his major league games have come in relief.He pitched in one game with the Brewers in spring training and failed to retire a batter.

The Orioles scouted Asencio this winter while he was used as a closer in the Dominican Republic, according to club executive vice president Dan Duquette.

“He has a good (low-to-mid 90s) fastball, good split-finger,” Duquette said. “He is a very capable relief man and a candidate to help our bullpen.”

Asencio was not placed on the 40-man roster and is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk.

Duquette said he is confident the two teams can agree to a player to be sent to the Brewers to complete the transaction. Asencio was on the Braves’ restricted list for 2010 because of work visa problems and was embroiled in an identity scandal because he used a false name, Luis Valdez, and reported he was three years younger than his actual age.

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