Braves acquire RHP Bronson Arroyo in trade with Diamondbacks

Sunday June 21st, 2015

The Atlanta Braves acquired righthander Bronson Arroyo in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Arroyo, 38, is recovering from Tommy John surgery last July. The operation shortened his first season with the Diamondbacks to 14 starts, as Arroyo went 7–4 with a 4.08 ERA. He had signed a two-year contract worth $23.5 million with Arizona, including a $9.5 million buyout for this season and a $4.5 million buyout for 2016.

Arroyo, who was on the Diamondbacks’ 60-day disabled list, was one of the more durable pitches in baseball before the surgery; in every season from 2005 to 2013, he made at least 32 starts and pitched at least 199 innings.

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An All-Star in 2006, Arroyo has posted a career 145–131 record with a 4.19 ERA over 15 seasons.

The Braves also acquired minor-league prospect, righthander Touki Toussaint. The pitcher, who turned 19 on Saturday, was the Diamondbacks’ first-round draft pick in 2014 and was the franchise’s No. 5 prospect according to Baseball America.

In exchange for Arroyo and Toussaint, the Diamondbacks received infielder Phil Gosselin. The 26-year-old Gosselin batted .325 with two RBIs and two runs scored over 20 games before having thumb surgery in May. He is expected to return before the All-Star break.

Mike Fiammetta

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