The Atlanta Braves have had some upheaval in their bullpen this season, and on Tuesday, that movement continued with the signing of 33-year-old Nick Masset.
The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Nick Masset on a Major League contract for the 2015 season.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 19, 2015
Masset was last seen as a member of the Miami Marlins, making eight appearances (9.2 innings) and compiling a 1.86 ERA with six strikeouts against just one walk. The right-hander was designated for assignment by the Marlins in a move to clear space for Henderson Alvarez (prior to his return against Atlanta), and the Braves pounced on his services. For his career, Masset boasts a 3.97 ERA in 387.2 innings, and he has also appeared with the Rangers, Reds and Rockies.
Of course, there was a corresponding move.
The Braves optioned RHP Cody Martin to Gwinnett.To make room on the 40-man roster, Braves designated RHPJohn Cornely for assignment.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 19, 2015
The 25-year-old Martin began his career in Atlanta in electric fashion, but has since cooled to the point where he has allowed earned runs in three consecutive outings (5 ER in 3 IP). Martin will continue to be an option moving forward, whereas the team needed an additional 40-man spot and chose to part ways with John Cornely to clear that room.