Braves Claim Right-Hander Chase Whitley Off Waivers From Rays

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The Atlanta Braves lost a right-handed reliever in Jim Johnson on Thursday; however, they filled that hole the next day as Chase Whitley was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Whitley, 28, made a career high 41 appearances in 2017 for the Rays- all in relief. Overall, he was 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA (was 3.36 prior to his second-to-last appearance of the season).

A former 15th-round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 2010, Whitley made his Major League debut in 2014 for New York, going 4-3 with a 5.24 ERA in 24 games (12 starts).

Due to Tommy John surgery, Whitley was limited to just nine total games in 2015 (four for Yankees) and 2016 (five for Rays).

According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, the Braves are still interested in adding an established closer or setup man to their roster.

The addition of Whitley continues Atlanta’s busy off-season of revamping their bullpen. They claimed left-hander Grant Dayton off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 20, and picked up Minor League left-hander Justin Kelly as part of the Johnson deal.

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