The Braves announced this evening that they designated reliever Anthony Varvaro for assignment in order to clear a spot for newly-signed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the 40-man roster.
It’s a bit surprising the Braves couldn’t find a spot to keep Varvaro, as he owns a 2.74 ERA over 123 appearances over the past two seasons. The 30-year-old right-hander was especially impressive this season, averaging 8.2 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 while posting a ground ball rate of 49.7 percent.
There’s no way Varvaro is going to pass through waivers unclaimed, so look for the Braves to find a trade partner in the coming days.
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.