Braves get Royals' Dotel for Davies
Veteran reliever shores up Atlanta's bullpen for stretch run
ATLANTA -- The Braves and Royals have completed a trade that brings right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel to Atlanta in exchange for right-handed starter Kyle Davies.
This deal was announced Tuesday afternoon, after the Braves officially completed their trade that brings Mark Teixeira and left-handed reliever Ron Mahay from Texas to Atlanta.
In 24 appearances with the Royals this year, Dotel has converted 11 of 14 save opportunities, posted a 3.91 ERA and seen opponents compile a .264 batting average. The 33-year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2005, missed the first six weeks of the 2007 season with an oblique strain.
Davies, once considered a can't-miss prospect, has battled inconsistencies since tearing his right groin last year. The 23-year-old right-hander was 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA in 17 starts with the Braves this year. After not retiring any of the five Reds he faced in his July 16 start, he was optioned to Triple-A Richmond.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.