ATLANTA -- If the offseason taught MLB executives anything, it is that the Atlanta Braves' front office is not being shy about making moves to potentially improve the big league club this season.
Now, add veteran Luis Ayala to the mix.
In a two-team trade with the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, the Braves acquired the right-handed reliever for minor league pitcher Chris Jones, presumably to add depth to a bullpen facing some health issues at the moment. Ayala, 35, has appeared in two innings for Baltimore this season (9.00 ERA), but knows his way around the league: his 497 career appearances have come with six different organizations.
Atlanta becomes lucky No. 7.
Ayala is expected to join the Braves in Washington on Friday for a series against the Nationals, per the club's announcement.
He will wear No. 48.
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