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Braves add Veteran Rotation Depth

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With the Braves looking for pitching as the deadline approaches, Frank Wren made a low-risk move to bring in a veteran starter. Right-hander Brian Lawrence's contract was purchased from the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. Lawrence, 32, last played professional ball with the Mets in 2007, compiling a 6.83 ERA in 29 innings. He has been a productive starter at the major league level. While pitching with the Padres from 2002-2005, Lawrence averaged 205 innings and a 4.20 ERA. He was out of baseball in '06 while recovering from labrum and rotator cuff surgery. He fell apart a bit during the '05 season, posting an ERA near five but his peripherals and 4.15 FIP tell a different story. Since then he's bounced around between the Mets and Rockies' organizations. His strikeout rate slipped a bit in his last couple of years but on the off chance he can figure it out and get back to form, he could provide good control and groundball tendencies down the stretch. This is a low-risk and fairly high-upside move for Frank Wren and if Lawrence proves to be fully healthy, he could be a valuable addition.

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