Braves land RHP Santana from Texas, cut RHP Stephens
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have acquired right-handed reliever Dennis Santana from the Texas Rangers, designated pitcher Jackson Stephens for assignment and added three minor league prospects to their 40-man roster.
The 26-year-old Santana was picked up for cash Tuesday after going 3-8 with a 5.22 ERA and one save in 63 appearances for the Rangers this past season.
Stephens was surprisingly effective out of the Braves’ bullpen, posting a 3-3 record with two saves and a 3.69 ERA in 39 appearances. But Atlanta decided Santana has more upside.
Ahead of the Rule 5 draft, the Braves added infielder Braden Shewmake and right-handed pitchers Darius Vines and Roddery Muñoz to the major league roster.
Guillermo Heredia, who hit .158 with three homers and eight RBIs in 74 games as a backup outfielder, was designated for assignment along with sparingly used pitchers Silvino Bracho and William Woods.
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