Indians acquire Asencio from Braves
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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