The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon Barker and 23-year old lefty reliever Trevor Belicek from the Atlanta Braves for 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz and the #76 overall pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft. Barker pitched in 9 games (8 starts) in AA-ball for the Braves so far this year and he was 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He gave up 35 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 45 innings this year. Barker has now pitched in 50 games (40 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 20-14 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Belicek pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. He has given up 22 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 32 batters in his 28 1/3 innings in the minors for the Braves this year. Belicek has now pitched in 26 games (9 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 8-0 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Matusz was pretty awful for the Orioles this year. He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. He gave up 11 hits (3 homers) and 7 walks while whiffing 1 batter in only 6 innings pitched for the Orioles this year! Matusz pitched in 279 games (68 starts) in his 8 years with the Orioles and he was 27-41 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Orioles got a couple of decent prospects for a draft pick and they saved Matusz’ salary as the Braves picked up the rest of it. I like this deal for the Orioles.