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Orioles Trade Brad Brach to the Atlanta Braves

July 29, 2018 - 9:13 pm

By Joe Schiller

Just two days before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Baltimore Orioles continue to unload their top players.

After trading away shortstop Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton, the Orioles dealt reliever Brad Brach to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for $250K international slot money, according to FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal.

Brach was a solid arm out of the bullpen and revitalized his career after being traded to the Orioles in 2013. In close to five seasons in Baltimore, he combined for a 2.99 ERA, despite a shaky 2018 campaign.

Brach’s best season came in 2016. He posted a 10-4 record with a 2.05 ERA in 79 innings pitched. It was good enough to earn All-Star honors and the one-two punch of Brach and Britton was deadly.

Now, both are gone. Brach will join the Braves, who are in a sit just 1.5 games back behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. He’ll be a huge addition to the backend of the Braves’ bullpen and reunites with a cast of former Orioles in Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty.

While the Orioles didn’t acquire a prospect in the trade, the international slot money will likely be used in pursuit of Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa.