The Braves announced the club made a pair of transactions on Wednesday, acquiring pitcher Josh Collmenter from the Cubs in exchange for cash considerations and pitcher Joe Wieland from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Collmenter, 30, missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder injury. He went on to post a 4.84 ERA with a 17/11 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings before being released by the Diamondbacks in early August. He latched on with the Cubs on a minor league deal, making four starts for Triple-A Iowa. Despite good results, he was superfluous within the organization.
Wieland, 26, made only one appearance in the majors this year with the Mariners, allowing six runs over five innings in an August 12 start against the Athletics. The right-hander spent the rest of the year with Triple-A Tacoma, compiling a disappointing 5.43 ERA with a 118/39 K/BB ratio over 124 1/3 innings.
The last-place Braves have nothing to lose by adding pitching depth. Collmenter will be under team control through 2017, and Wieland will be under team control through 2019.