This is the second deal the Braves have made for a reliever in three days. On Friday, they acquired Jonny Venters from the Rays for international slot money.
For Brach, this move could be a nice change of scenery — playing for a playoff contender for the first time in his career — after having a tough year while pitching for the O’s, one of the worst teams in baseball. The 32-year-old has a 4.85 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP in 39 innings pitched across 42 appearances.
The Braves are hoping they can get the old Brach for a couple of months before he is a free agent. Brach has a career 3.16 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 397 appearance. His best season was 2016, when he was an All-Star and put together an impressive 10-4 record with 2.05 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings while appearing in 71 games. The Braves are one game behind the Rockies and Diamondbacks for the second wild card and 1 1⁄2 games back of the Phillies for first in the NL East.
Brach is the second reliever the Orioles dealt in five days, as they traded All-Star closer Zach Britton to the Yankees for three prospects.