Anthony Varvaro

Red Sox acquire RHP Anthony Varvaro from Braves

December 17, 2014 - 7:33 am
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The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro from the Braves, sending minor league right-hander Aaron Kurcz and cash to Atlanta. Varvaro had been designated for assignment Monday. A five-year MLB veteran, the 30-year-old Varvaro went 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 2014, holding opponents to a .228 batting average. In 61 relief appearances Varvaro had a career-high 50 strikeouts vs. just 13 walks. He also set career marks for walks per nine innings (2.1) and hits per nine innings (7.6). A 12th-round draft pick of the Mariners in 2005, Varvaro has a career record of 7-8 with a 3.18 ERA in 157 games with the Mariners (2010) and Braves (2011-14). Kurcz, acquired from the Cubs in 2012 as compensation for Theo Epstein, pitched in Double-A Portland this past season, going 3-2 with a 2.14 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 22 walks in 34 games.

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