Boston Red Sox Acquire pitcher Anthony Varvaro from Braves

The Boston Red Sox have acquired reliever Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Aaron Kurcz, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:

Varvaro, 30, was designated for assignment on Monday in order to make room on the roster for the newly-acquired Alberto Callaspo. The righty Varvaro posted a 2.63 ERA across 54 2/3 innings with a 3.21 FIP and 3.15 xFIP, coming after a 2013 season in which Varvaro posted a 2.82 ERA over 73 1/3 innings of relief.

Last season for the Braves,  Varvaro also posted a respectable 8.23 K/9 and 2.14 BB/9. The former 12th round  pick has seen his GB% rise since 2012, as it now solidly stands at a 49.7% rate. According to PITCHf/x, Varvaro had a max fastball velocity of 97.1 mph in 2014—however, he also had a minimum velocity of 87.4 mph and an average velocity of 92.7 mph.

The Staten Island-native now returns to a portion of the country he is from—as he was also drafted by the Seattle Mariners before being claimed on waivers before the 2011 season.

As for the 24-year old Kurcz, the righty posted a 2.14 ERA with a 2.50 FIP over 42 innings for the Red Sox Double-A affiliate Portland Sea Dogs. In 2014—his first season since a 2012 Tommy John surgery—Kurcz also posted an 11.57 K/9. Although he posted a high 4.71 BB/9 in 2014, the 10th round draft pick did not allow a home run, as well. It should also be noted that Aaron Kurcz was sent to the Red Sox before 2012 as compensation for Theo Epstein leaving the Red Sox for the Chicago Cubs.

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