Braves Interested in Danny Graves

Bill Shanks has learned the Braves have had discussions with free agent reliever Danny Graves. Our premium subscribers can read the entire story.

The Atlanta Braves have held discussions with free agent reliever Danny Graves, who was released earlier this week by the Cincinnati Reds after being designated for assignment ten days earlier.

Graves pitched in 20 games for the Reds earlier this season and went 1-1 with 10 saves, but he had an ERA of 7.36, allowed 15 earned runs on 30 hits in 18.1 innings, walked 12, and struck out only 8.

With the Braves having trouble in their bullpen, they are hoping Graves would be able to turn things around in the pitching-rich environment in Atlanta. The Braves, and specifically pitching coach Leo Mazzone, have a good track record of turning around pitchers that have struggled elsewhere.

The 31-year-old Graves is a two-time All-Star with 182 career saves. Last season he had a career-high 41 saves with a 3.95 ERA. He's also had seasons with 27, 30, and 32 (twice) saves.

The Florida Marlins, managed by former Reds' skipper Jack McKeon, and the Washington Nationals, whose GM Jim Bowden used to be the Reds' top executive, have also made overtures to Graves.

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