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Braves Trade Jairo Asencio To Cleveland Indians For Cash

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, the Atlanta Braves traded Jairo Asencio, formerly known as Luis Valdez, to the Cleveland Indians for cash. The reasoning for the trade is because Asencio is out of minor league options and if they didn't trade him, they likely would have lost him on waivers and not gotten anything for him.

What's more is that this move likely opens the door for Yohan Flande, who, according to Talking Chop, has had a great spring so far, to take a spot in the bullpen. Braves general manager Frank Wren said that Asencio is a one-inning pitcher and the team needed to make room for a pitcher that can stay in the game for a longer period of time.

"He’s always been a one-inning pitcher," Braves general manager Frank Wren said, "and the [bullpen] role we envision needing to make a decision on is a multi-inning guy who can give you two or three innings at a time. That’s not something he’s ever done, so we were coming to the end with him being out of options and we looked to make a deal."

In his 10 spring training appearances, Asencio had an ERA of 3.27, allowing 13 hits, four runs, three walks and 12 strikeouts.

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