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Indians acquire Asencio from Braves

Indians acquire Asencio from Braves
March 29, 2012
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Today the Indians announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Jairo Asencio from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash.

Asencio, 28, pitched most of last season at Triple-A Gwinnett where he went 3-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 47 games (54.2 IP, 39 H, 22 BB, 70 K).  He also had an International League leading 26 saves in 27 opportunities and held hitters to a .196 average. He was up and down with the big league team a few times last season, and in six games for the Braves he posted a 6.97 ERA (10.1 IP, 16 H, 5 BB, 8 K). This spring he made ten appearances with the Braves in Major League camp he had a 3.27 ERA (11.0 IP, 13 H, 3 BB, 12 K) before being traded to the Indians.

Asencio also once went under a false name of Luis Valdez and thus missed the entire 2010 season because of visa issues that stemmed from that incident.  Considering the Indians just acquired him in a trade, he is out of options, and there is less than a week left in camp, it is probably safe to guess that he is a frontrunner for one of the final two spots in the bullpen.

The Indians have not yet announced who they have removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Asencio.

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User Comments

March 30, 2012 - 4:07 PM EDT
Throws a fastball-slider, and fastball sits 90-92 and touched 95 MPH. He's not a backend bullpen guy in ML, more middle relief at best.
March 30, 2012 - 2:25 AM EDT
What does Asencio throw?
March 29, 2012 - 6:01 PM EDT
Just what we need; another reliever.
March 29, 2012 - 12:56 PM EDT
Definitely have to think the likes of van den Hurk and Cunningham are on the chopping block. Herrmann might be too if they need a third roster spot.
March 29, 2012 - 12:47 PM EDT
I understand the concern about the 40 man roster but I wouldn't exactly call Asencio garbage. In fact, his numbers are pretty good.
March 29, 2012 - 12:24 PM EDT
Why are we relegated to picking up other teams garbage for the bullpen when we supposedly have so many young arms on the doorstep? Now we have to clear the 40 man for another stiff.

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