The Atlanta Braves have made another trade to bolster their bullpen, getting Kansas City reliever Octavio Dotel for pitcher Kyle Davies.
The deal was finalized shortly before today's 4 p-m Eastern time deadline for making trades without waivers.
The acquisition of Dotel, a hard-throwing righty, follows the Braves' trade for Ron Mahay. Atlanta got the left-hander as part of a seven-player swap with Texas involving first baseman Mark Teixeira.
The 31-year-old Dotel is 2-and-1 with a three-point-91 E-R-A and eleven saves in 14 chances this season. Davies, a 23-year-old righty, was 4-and-8 with a five-point-76 E-R-A for Atlanta.
Mark Teixeira finds himself in a pennant race. The veteran slugger has been traded from Texas to Atlanta as part of a seven-player deal.
The Braves sent rookie catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and four minor leaguers to the Rangers for the 27-year-old switch-hitter and left-handed reliever Ron Mahay. The two new Braves are not expected to be in Atlanta for tonight's game against Houston.
Atlanta trails the New York Mets by four and a-half games in the National League East and is in the thick of the wild-card race. Texas is dead last in the American League West.
Teixeira, who is eligible for salary arbitration after this season and can become a free agent after the 2008 campaign, may replace Andruw Jones as Atlanta's cleanup hitter. Jones is hitting .216.
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