The Atlanta Braves have added Armando Rivero to their bullpen depth. Rivero had pitched in the Chicago Cubs AAA farm system in Iowa.
On the final day of the Winter meetings ending today, the Rule 5 draft took place. To make a roster spot available for Rivero, the Braves released pitcher Williams Perez. Perez did pitch briefly for the Braves late in the 2016 season however his outings at the major league level did not impress Braves managers or coaches enough to keep him on the 40 man roster.
Armando Rivero is a pitcher from Cuba and Braves’ coach Eddie Perez was impressed enough to encourage the front office to pay the $100,000 fee to obtain Rivero’s services. The Cubs can pay $50,000 to keep Rivero but this seems unlikely. Rivero has a 2.13 ERA, 105 strikeouts, and only 35 walks is 67 and 2/3 innings. He is 28 years old and stands 6’2″. The Braves have added another pitching arm to their bullpen and had an extremely successful off season thus far. Also it’s important to remember that trades can still be made after the Winter meetings end. It’s going to be an exciting 2017 season for the Atlanta Braves. GO BRAVES!!!!!