On Tuesday, Atlanta Braves acquired relief pitcher Martin from Texas Rangers in exchange for a minor league pitcher Kolby Allard. The move is aimed at improving Braves bullpen.
The 33-year-old pitcher has a 3.08 ERA, 1.03 WHIP in 38 innings this season. He has allowed eight runs and just four batters in 43 strikes out. After the season, he is expected to become a free agent.
Kolby Allard was No. 14 overall pick in 2015; the 21-year-old southpaw has a 3.23 ERA in the minors.
“I’m excited about the transaction,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We feel that Chris will be able to help the back end of our bullpen.”
Braves had to look for help in the bullpen. Martin has been their primary target, and they decided to acquire him before the trade deadline.
Braves reached an agreement with Rangers late on Tuesday and finalized the deal in the evening.
Martin fits the profile of a player Braves has been looking for to upgrade their bullpen.