Braves acquire Linebrink from White Sox
The Braves have acquired veteran right-handed reliever Scott Linebrink and $3.5 million (UPDATED)from the White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kyle Cofield.
Linebrink provides the Braves the veteran experience they were hoping to place around young relievers Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters. The 34-year-old right-hander has compiled a 3.50 ERA in 543 career appearances, primarily as a middle reliever and setup man.
While pitching for the Padres from 2003 through midway through the 2007 season, Linebrink proved to be one of the National League’s most effective relievers. He posted a 2.73 ERA in the 306 appearances he made during that span.
Linebrink went 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA and allowed a .262 batting average in 52 appearances for the White Sox last year. The money received by the Braves will offset a portion of the $5.5 million the veteran reliever is owed in 2011.
Considered a middle-tier prospect, Coffield went 1-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 18 appearances (10 starts) for Double-A Mississippi this past summer. The 23-year-old right-handed reliever was selected by the Braves in the eighth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.