ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves reacquired left-hander Colby Allard, their former first-round draft pick, from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday as a right-hander. Jake Odorizzi and cash.
Allard, 25, was Atlanta’s top pick, finishing 14th overall in the 2015 draft. He was 1-2 last season with a 7.29 ERA in 10 assist appearances and also played Triple-A Round Rock.
Odorizzi, 32, was a Minnesota All-Star in 2019, when he had a career-best 15 wins.
Allard, a San Clemente, Calif. high school draft, made his major league debut for Atlanta in 2018 but only played three games for the Braves before being traded to Texas for a right-hander in 2019. Chris Martin.
Allard is 9-23 with a 6.07 ERA in 65 career games, including 35 starts. He was used as a starter in 20 games for Round Rock last season.
The Braves acquired Odorizzi from the Houston Astros on August 2 for left-hander Will Smith. Odorizzi, 32, was 6-6 with a 4.40 ERA in 22 games with Houston and Atlanta last season.
Odorizzi has a $6.5 million player option for 2023 and a minimum buyout of $3.25 million.
Milwaukee – Milwaukee Brewers waive team’s $3 million 2023 right pitcher option Brad Boxberger and demanded right-hander Tyson Miller to withdraw from the Texas Rangers.
Having waived the team option on Boxberger, the Brewers must now pay him a $750,000 ransom instead.
Boxberger, 34, has gone 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA, 68 strikeouts and 27 walks in 64 innings this season. He was 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA, 83 strikeouts and 25 walks in 64 2/3 innings for the Brewers in 2021.
He has played 70 games this season and 71 in 2021, leading the category both years.
Miller, 27, has gone 1-2 with a 10.97 ERA in four games with two starts for the Rangers this season. He struck out eight and walked eight in 10 2/3 innings.