Braves designate Anthony Varvaro for assignment

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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.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.