Pirates trade closer

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates traded for more youth on Friday.

Minutes before the 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Pirates, who earlier this week traded veterans Adam Frazier, Tyler Anderson and Clay Holmes, dealt their closer, Richard Rodriguez, to the Atlanta Braves for right-handed pitchers Bryse Wilson, who is 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in Atlanta this season, and minor leaguer Ricky Devito.

Rodriguez, a right-hander, had a 2.82 ERA and 14 saves with the Pirates. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Will Smith, who has 21 saves in 23 opportunities, will keep the closer’s role for Atlanta.

“He’s probably one of the top guys in terms of save opportunities and saves,” Snitker said.

Wilson, 23, held the Los Angeles Dodgers to one hit over six innings in the NLCS last season. He was listed as the Braves’ No. 5 prospect.

DeVito, 0-3 with a 2.66 ERA in High-A ball, was Atlanta’s 17th-best prospect.

In another trade Friday, the Pirates acquired infielder Michael Chavis from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Austin Davis.

The Pirates also dealt Triple-A reliever Braden Ogle to the Philadelphia Phillies for Low-A catcher Abrahan Gutierrez.


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