Braves Claim Anthony Varvaro From Mariners

The Braves have claimed right-handed relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro from the Seattle Mariners. Varvaro, 26, has only pitched a few innings in the Major Leagues. He has had some success in the upper levels of the Mariners' farm system, including 72 strikeouts in 65 innings at double and triple-A.

He underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2007, and like many before him, made a full recovery. He features a low-90's fastball that can touch 95 on occasion, but his other pitches are pretty ordinary. He'll take up a spot on the Braves' 40-man roster.

As you may recall, the Braves have had success with the Mariners before. Eric O'Flaherty was claimed back in 2008, and he's been one of the better left-handed relief pitchers in baseball since then. Let's all hope Anthony Varvaro can have similar success.

This is really a no-risk move for the Braves. You can never have too many arms in the bullpen, and if they needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for an acquisition, they can simply remove Varvaro. 

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