BALTIMORE (AP) – The Miami Marlins acquired left-handed defender Richard Bleier of the Baltimore Orioles for the name of a player.
Miami has sought to bolster its roster after more than a dozen players have tested positive for COVID-19. The team has had its season suspended since Sunday.
Bleier went 3-0 with an ERA of 5.37 and four saves in 53 games last season. This year, he launched three goalless shifts in two appearances.
Although Bleier was one of the team’s most effective pitchers, the Orioles under reconstruction has been changing his roster for the past two seasons and has decided to unload the 33-year-old.
The trade was announced after midnight on Saturday morning, after Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 6-3 in a game delayed nearly an hour by rain. Bleier was not used and learned about trade after the final exit.
Bleier – who grew up in Florida and worked at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast – said he was “definitely surprised” by the deal.
“I am happy to have value for another team, but at the same time it was a great comfort for me here in Baltimore and I will miss it,” he said.
Bleier did not express concern about shooting to a team that was devastated by COVID-19.
“I hope everything is under control and I am not getting into an unsafe situation,” he said. “But it is definitely something that I am aware of. No, I’m not too concerned. They are not going to take me anywhere where there will be a problem.
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