Braves sign veteran relievers

David Aardsma and Dana Eveland will first head to Triple-A Gwinnett.

It was only a matter of time before the Braves made some additions with potential relievers. In a span of less than 24 hours, Atlanta has signed free agents David Aardsma and Dana Eveland.

Aardsma had been with the Dodgers but opted out of his contract and Los Angeles failed to promote him to the big leagues. In Triple-A Oklahoma City, Aardsma had a 2.41 ERA in 20 games with 15 saves, 12 hits allowed in 18.2 innings, seven walks and 23 strikeouts.

Last season Aardsma was in Triple-A with the Cardinals. He had 11 saves in 33 games, with only 20 hits allowed in 35 innings, 17 walks and 36 strikeouts. He last pitched in the big leagues with the Mets in 2013, as he had a 4.31 ERA in 43 games. Aardsma was a closer with the Mariners in 2009 and 2010 picking up 69 saves in those two seasons.

The right-handed Aardsma is 33 years old. He was a first round pick of the Giants back in the 2003 draft. Aardsma has also pitched for the White Sox, Red Sox and Yankees.

Eveland is a 31-year-old left-hander who opted out of his deal with the Red Sox last week. He had a 1.54 ERA in 16 games with Pawtucket with solid numbers across the board.

After a year in Korea on 2013, Eveland was with the Mets last year and was successful, posting a 2.63 ERA in 30 games. He has pitched with the Brewers, Diamondbacks, Athletics, Blue Jays, Pirates, Dodgers, Orioles and the Mets.

Last season left-handed hitters batted .241 against Eveland. With only one lefty in the bullpen (Luis Avilan), the Braves could use Eveland this week.

For now, both Aardsma and Eveland will head to Triple-A Gwinnett. But with the Atlanta bullpen struggling, their calls to the major leagues could come at any time.

The Braves might decide to cut bait with Trevor Cahill, who has been a disaster after being acquired from the Diamondbacks right before the start of the season.


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