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Braves trade for bullpen help

August 12, 2003

(Cincinnati-AP) -- The Atlanta Braves added a left-hander to their bullpen today, acquiring Kent Mercker from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named.

Mercker was one of the Reds' most dependable relievers when he wasn't injured. He went 0-2 with a 2.35 earned run average in 49 relief appearances.

A sprained lower back forced him onto the disabled list from June 28th to July 9th.

It was the Reds' fifth trade since they fired general manager Jim Bowden and manager Bob Boone on July 28th.

 In a payroll-cutting spree, they traded closer Scott Williamson, outfielder Jose Guillen, left-handed reliever Gabe White and All-Star third baseman Aaron Boone.

Mercker, who makes 550-thousand dollars, will be a free agent after the season.

To take his spot in the bullpen, the Reds called up left-hander Mark Watson from their AAA farm team in Louisville.

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