The Braves purchased the contracts of pitchers Juan Abreu and Erik Cordier and added the right-handers to the 40-man roster on Friday. Both would’ve become six-year free agents if not added to the roster.
Abreu, 25, was 4-2 with 12 saves and a 4.35 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Class-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi, with 62 strikeouts in 60 innings. He walked 30 and allowed seven home runs.
Originally signed by the Kansas City, Abreu spent four seasons in the Royals minor league organization before signing as a free agent with the Braves in November 2009.
Cordier, 24, was 12-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 27 games (23 starts) for Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. He had 117 strikeouts in 143-2/3 combined innings, and allowed just three homers and 123 hits. But Cordier battled command problems at times, evident in 76 walks.
At Myrtle Beach in 2009, Cordier had 88 strikeouts with 74 walks in 121 innings over 25 games, all starts.
Another former Royals minor leaguer, Cordier came to the Braves in a March 2007 trade for shortstop Tony Pena Jr. He missed the 2007 season and part of 2008 after “Tommy John” elbow surgery.