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Pirates trade Eric O'Flaherty to Braves

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The Pirates have announced that they've traded Eric O'Flaherty to the Braves for cash considerations.

The Bucs had signed O'Flaherty to a minor-league deal, and he sort of did his part in competing for a role in their bullpen, allowing eight runs (though only three were earned) while striking out eight and walking two over 9.1 innings this spring.

If the Pirates do elect to take a second lefty reliever to go with Tony Watson, though, Cory Luebke has attracted some very positive notices this month and has an opt-out coming up (on Tuesday, in fact), so it might make more sense to take him. In fact, this deal suggests pretty strongly that Luebke has a good chance of making the team.

O'Flaherty pitched for the Braves from 2009 through 2013 and had the best years of his career there, so this looks like a good match of player and team. Here's hoping he has success in Atlanta.