SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles acquired depth for their bullpen when they picked up right-handed reliever Jairo Asencio from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later.
Asencio is 28, and is 1-2 with a 5.39 ERA in 39 games with Atlanta, Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs.
“He has a really good arm. He throws hard, and he’s a candidate to help our major league team,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Monday night.
Asencio, who originally played under the name of Luis Valdez, missed 2010 because of visa issues.
Last year, Asencio was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 30 games with the Indians and Cubs.
Duquette likes his split-finger fastball, a pitch few Orioles throw, and noted he saved 12 games in the Dominican League.
He’ll fly in on Tuesday, and will start in the minor leagues, but if there’s time this week, Asencio, who will not be placed on the 40-man roster, may get a look in a major league game.