CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired RHP JAIRO ASENCIO from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash.
Asencio, 28, spent most of the 2011 season with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves where he was 3-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 47 games (54.2IP, 39H, 11ER, 22BB, 70K) while saving a league-best 26 games in 27 opportunities (96%) and limiting International League hitters to a .196 (39-199) average. He also had three stints at the Major League level with the Braves (6.97ERA, 6G, 10.1IP, 16H, 8ER). In 10 relief appearances this spring with Atlanta he posted an ERA of 3.27 (11.0IP, 13H, 4R/ER, 3BB, 12K, .271AVG).
During the 2011-12 off-season, Jairo posted 10 saves and a 1.07 ERA for Toros Del Este (23G, 10SV, 25.1IP, 16H, 3ER, 33K, .190AVG) in the Dominican Winter League and went on to win 2012 Caribbean Series MVP honors (3G, 3SV). He has twice led the International League in saves (2011, 2009) and owns a career Minor League record of 42-44 with a 3.68 ERA in 303 games/56 starts (98SV, 663.2IP, 674H, 271ER, 201BB, 536K) in the Pirates and Braves organizations. He appeared in 9 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2009 and 2011 in his only Major League experience to date.
He will report to Goodyear in the coming days. Asencio is now a member of the club's 40-man roster with a corresponding roster move coming later today.