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Rays trade Jonny Venters back to Braves for slot money

Jonny Venters made his first big-league appearance since October 5, 2012. [AP]
Jonny Venters made his first big-league appearance since October 5, 2012. [AP]
Published Jul. 27, 2018
Updated Jul. 27, 2018

The Rays bringing LHP Jonny Venters back to the majors in April after a five-plus year absence due to repeated elbow injuries was definitely one of the top feel-good stories of the season.

And now they have added another warm chapter, trading him back to his original Braves team.

The deal, announced after Thursday's game, was technically for an undisclosed amount of international slot money.

But it allows Venters to not only return to his baseball home, but to pitch in meaningful games for the Braves as they battle for a playoff spot.

Venters, 33,  has pitched quite well for the Rays since returning to major-league action for the first since the NL wild-card playoff game on October 5, 2012, having undergone an additional 2 1/2 Tommy John surgeries.

His overall record is 1-1, 3.86 with one save, but when you take out the five runs he allowed in an ill-conceived start as a game opener, he was worked to a flashy 0.66 ERA in in 21 relief outings, allowing one earned run over 13 2/3 innings, and only three of 10 inherited runners to score.

Venters first signed with the Braves in 2004, debuted with them in 2010 and remained in the organization through 2014, then signed a minor-league deal with the Rays in March 2015 as he rehabbed from his second straight and third overall Tommy John surgery.

Venters is the third veteran pitcher the Rays traded in the last two days, having sent starter Nathan Eovaldi to Boston Wednesday morning and reliever Matt Andriese to Arizona on Wednesday night.