June 16, 2012 9:38 AM by Steve Melewski
The Orioles have traded minor league left-handed pitcher Cole McCurry to the Atlanta Braves for cash. McCurry had been with the Orioles since they drafted him in round 43 of 2007.
The trade was culminated late last night and came about for two main reasons. One reason is that the Braves have had interest in McCurry before, and two, the Orioles have a roster crunch with too many pitchers for too few spots right now at Triple-A.
They recently added Jamie Moyer and Rich Rundles to that Norfolk staff, and Joel Piniero and Dontrelle Willis could soon be joining that staff as well.
This season, McCurry was 0-7 with an ERA of 6.10, pitching mostly at Double-A Bowie, but he moved to Triple-A on June 5. Four days later, he was added officially to the short-season Single-A Aberdeen roster and had not been active at Triple-A since then.
Coming into this season, the 26-year-old McCurry, who was 5-3 with a 4.15 ERA at Norfolk last year, had gone 38-33 with an ERA of 3.44 in his O's minor league career in 139 games, making 76 starts.
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