Braves acquire Giants' Ortiz for Moss, minor leaguer
ATLANTA (AP) -- Right-hander Russ Ortiz joined the Atlanta Braves from the NL champion San Francisco Giants on Tuesday in a trade for starter Damian Moss and a minor leaguer.
Ortiz was 14-10 last season with a 3.78 ERA, helping the Giants reach the World Series. ADVERTISEMENT
For his career, the 27-year-old Ortiz is 67-44 with a 4.01 ERA.
``Russ was the Giants' No. 1 starter last year and has demonstrated on a consistent basis his ability to be a top-of-rotation starter,'' Braves general manager John Schuerholz said.
Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said Ortiz ``has proven major league ability and he should do very well for us.''
Moss, a 26-year-old Australian, went 12-6 with a 4.11 ERA as the Braves' fifth starter last season, his first in the majors. The left-hander signed with the Braves as a free agent in 1993 and spent seven years in their minor league system.
Atlanta also sent Manuel Mateo to San Francisco. The right-hander was 7-3 with a 1.98 ERA in 12 games for the Braves' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League.
The trade continues the revamping of Atlanta's starting rotation. The Braves previously acquired left-hander Mike Hampton, and lost Tom Glavine to the New York Mets via free agency.
Another top Braves starter, Greg Maddux, is also a free agent.