The Boston Red Sox have added right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro to their crop of arms.
The Red Sox acquired Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in exchange for minor league pitcher Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.
Varvaro, who was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2005, has spent the last four seasons in the Braves organization. He went 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, 50 strikeouts and 13 walks in 61 appearances spanning 54 2/3 innings in 2014.
Varvaro lodged a career-high 62 appearances and 73 1/3 innings in 2013. He posted a 2.82 ERA and 1.27 WHIP that season, which was his first full campaign at the major league level.
Varvaro, who turned 30 in October, has been particularly tough on lefties throughout his career, limiting them to a .196 batting average and .597 OPS in 306 plate appearances.
Kurcz spent 2014 with Double-A Portland. The 24-year-old right-hander went 3-2 with a 2.14 ERA in 34 relief appearances spanning 42 innings.
The Braves recently designated Varvaro for assignment. The Red Sox’s 40-man roster now stands at 40.
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