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Braves claim righty Whitley off waivers

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The Braves continued adding to their collection of relievers Friday, claiming right-hander Chase Whitley off waivers from the Rays.

Whitley, 28, posted a 4.08 ERA with 43 strikeouts, 16 walks and two saves in 57 1/3 innings this past season. A former 15th-round Draft pick of the Yankees who went to the Rays on a waiver claim following the 2015 season, Whitley owns a career 4.48 ERA in 74 appearances, including 17 starts. He missed most of the 2015 and '16 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Braves continued adding to their collection of relievers Friday, claiming right-hander Chase Whitley off waivers from the Rays.

Whitley, 28, posted a 4.08 ERA with 43 strikeouts, 16 walks and two saves in 57 1/3 innings this past season. A former 15th-round Draft pick of the Yankees who went to the Rays on a waiver claim following the 2015 season, Whitley owns a career 4.48 ERA in 74 appearances, including 17 starts. He missed most of the 2015 and '16 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Whitley joins a bullpen that will feature a new look come Opening Day. The Braves traded former closer Jim Johnson to the Angels for left-hander Justin Kelly on Thursday, and reportedly have interest in adding a seasoned closer or setup man to their mix this offseason.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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