The Braves claimed right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, hoping the move might pay off even half as nicely as their last waiver claim from Seattle.
Left-hander Eric O’Flaherty was a waiver claim from the Mariners in November 2008, and in two seasons with the Braves he’s gone 5-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 134 relief appearances.
Varvaro, 26, was dropped from the Mariners’ 40-man roster on Jan. 3, after posting an 11.25 ERA in four major league appearances in 2010, his only major league experience. He allowed six hits, six walks, five runs and two homers in four innings in those games.
In 50 appearances last season in Double-A and Triple-A, he had a 4.02 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 65 innings.
In five seasons in the minors, he was 12-28 with a 5.06 ERA in 151 games (48 starts) totaling 385 strikeouts and 223 walks in 364-1/3 innings.
A former collegiate standout at St. John’s, Varvaro was projected as a possible first-round draft pick before an elbow injury dropped his stock. He was selected in the 12th round in 2005 and required elbow surgery before throwing his first pitch in the minors for the Mariners.