Red Sox add reliever Varvaro in trade with Braves

Red Sox add reliever Varvaro in trade with Braves

The Red Sox bolstered their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Anthony Varvaro from the Braves in exchange for Minor Leaguer Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.

The Braves designated Varvaro for assignment on Monday to make room for Alberto Callaspo on the 40-man roster.

Varvaro went 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 54 2/3 innings last year, posting a career-high 50 strikeouts in 61 relief appearances. He also posted career highs in walks (2.1) and hits (7.6) per nine innings, while opponents hit .228 against him.

The 30-year-old helps deepen the Red Sox's bullpen, and he will act as a nice complement to relievers Edward Mujica, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara.

This move also helps fill the void of free-agent right-hander Burke Badenhop, who appeared in 70 games for the team last season. The ground-ball guru tossed 70 2/3 innings with a 2.29 ERA.

Over the last two seasons, Varvaro has gone 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA. He is one of just 18 Major League relievers with at least 50 innings logged and an ERA of 2.85 or better.

While Varvaro is a nice addition to the bullpen, the Red Sox are still looking for a left-handed reliever after Andrew Miller signed with the Yankees earlier this offseason.

Kurcz spent this past season with Double-A Portland and went 3-2 with three saves, a 2.14 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 34 games. He allowed just six extra-base hits on the season (all doubles). The 24-year-old also threw for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League this year, going 1-0 with one save, a 3.86 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 10 appearances.

Boston's 40-man roster is now full.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.