Following the Braves win over the Brewers, it was announced the team has claimed another reliever, Yonny Chirinos, off waivers from the Rays.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 23, 2023
Chirinos has pitched in 15 games for the Rays this season, including four starts, amassing 62.2 innings with a respectable 4.02 ERA.
Chirinos served in multiple different roles for Tampa Bay, primarily as a long reliever that can eat innings in games that were out of hand. Given the amount of injuries the Braves have suffered this season, it makes sense to add as many arms with major-league experience as possible.
Chirinos has some of the worst advanced metrics you’ll see, despite owning a 4.02 ERA. He’s in the bottom 10th percentile of just about every category and is not a guy that’s going to overpower opponents with his stuff. Unlike Ben Heller — who the Braves picked up from the Rays earlier this season and has had a lot of success establishing a role with the team — I don’t expect much from Chirinos. This is likely just an organizational depth move in case of emergency while guys are on the Injured List.
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