Braves Acquire Lucas Luetge From Yankees

    The Braves announced they’ve acquired reliever Lucas Luetge from the Yankees. Minor leaguers Caleb Durbin and Indigo Diaz are headed back to the Yankees in return. To clear a spot on their 40-man roster, Atlanta designated first baseman Lewin Diaz for assignment.

    New York surprisingly designated Luetge for assignment last Wednesday. That opened a one-week window for them to trade him or place him on waivers, but the former outcome always seemed likelier. The veteran southpaw has been a productive piece of the New York bullpen over the past two years, so it’s no surprise to see a team part with some minor league talent to keep him off waivers.

    Luetge, 35, pitched two seasons in the Bronx after signing a minor league deal during the 2020-21 offseason. Over his time in pinstripes, he put together a 2.71 ERA through 129 2/3 frames. That included a sub-3.00 mark in both years, with Luetge topping 55 innings in both seasons. His 2022 campaign saw him put together a 2.67 mark across 57 1/3 frames, striking out an above-average 23.9% of opponents against a better than average 6.8% walk rate.

    More to come.

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