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Athletics acquire Yacksel Rios from Braves for cash considerations

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The Oakland Athletics announced Sunday that they have acquired minor league pitcher Yacksel Rios from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations. Rios wasn’t on Atlanta’s 40-man roster and will likely head to Las Vegas for the time being.

Rios is a 29-year old right-hander who last pitched in the majors in 2021. He has appeared in 89 games at the major league level where he posted a 5.77 ERA and a 5.37 FIP in 96 2/3 innings. He signed a minor league deal with the Braves during the offseason and has put up good numbers at Triple A where he had a 1.46 ERA and a 2.74 FIP in 24 2/3 innings.

Rios is averaging more than a strikeout per inning, but has surrendered just one home run despite having a 27.8% ground ball rate. It will be interesting to see if that holds at the major league level if and when he gets an opportunity.