Atlanta Braves Claim Starting Pitcher Off Waivers From Rays

The Atlanta Braves have made a significant move to bolster their pitching staff by claiming right-hander Yonny Chirinos off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chirinos, who's had a mediocre season for the Rays, recording a 4.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 31/20 K/BB ratio over 62.2 innings in 15 appearances, primarily as a starter, is set to take on the role of a starter for the Braves.

Despite concerns about some secondary metrics, his versatility in handling different roles makes him a good fit for a Braves team facing pitching depth issues due to multiple injuries.

Moreover, his performance after recovering from Tommy John surgery adds to the team's optimism.

The acquisition of Chirinos allows the Braves to address their pitching needs while providing valuable flexibility as they work to strengthen their roster before the trade deadline.

The team's decision to send Michael Soroka to the minors and have Max Fried make another rehab start further emphasizes their commitment to utilizing Chirinos as an important asset in their pitching rotation.

With his ability to contribute as a starter, the Braves aim to benefit from Chirinos' skills on the mound and improve their overall performance on the field as they push forward in the season.

Over his five-year career, Chirinos holds a solid 3.64 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, with 236 strikeouts across 304 innings and 64 appearances. Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports