Orioles acquire Brach, Phelps to boost depth

Orioles acquire Brach, Phelps to boost depth
November 25, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Orioles made two additions to their 40-man roster on Monday. For the third time in a week, the Orioles added to their bullpen with the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Devin Jones.

A few hours later, the Orioles claimed infielder Cord Phelps on waivers from Cleveland.

In 2013, Brach was 1-0 with a 3.19 ERA in 33 games for the Padres. He struck out 31 in as many innings, but walked 19.

In three years with San Diego, Brach is 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA. He was designated for assignment by the Padres last Wednesday.

“We’re trying to get more depth in our bullpen,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

“He’s got a good fastball and he has an aggressive delivery, and he’s developed a forkball to use as a changeup.”

Brach has an option remaining, so he’ll give the Orioles more flexibility.

“The last two years, he’s done a nice job in relief,” Duquette said.

Jones was the Orioles’ 11th round draft choice in 2011. He was 4-7 with a 5.84 ERA with Bowie and won his only game with Frederick last year.

Phelps is 26, and has a .159 average in 53 major league games, all with the Indians. He went hitless in nine at-bats last year. Phelps has played second, third and short.

Brach is the third reliever the Orioles have acquired and added to their 40-man roster in a week. Last Monday, they added free agent left-hander Kelvim De La Cruz, and on Wednesday, signed another free agent right-hander, Edgmer Escalona.

The Orioles now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.