Wednesday, March 26, 2008
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of
Atlanta's surplus of right-handed relievers by acquiring Tyler Yates in a two-player trade today.
The Braves obtained minor league starting pitcher Todd Redmond
in the deal. Yates was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in nine games this spring after posting a 5.18 ERA in 75 games last season.
The Braves were looking for a trade because four relievers
competing for roster spots -- Yates, Blaine Boyer, Chris Resop and
left-hander Royce Ring -- are out of options. Yates probably would not have made Atlanta's 25-man roster. Braves manager Bobby Cox said, "We were in a predicament and we got a nice prospect. It's good for them, good for us." Redmond is 22-21 in three minor league seasons. Baseball America rates Redmond (6-3, 213) as having the best control in the Pirates' minor league system. The magazine rated his changeup as the best in the system before last season.
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