OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s acquired right-handed pitcher Cody Martin from the Atlanta Braves for international bonus slot 53 and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated infielder Nate Freiman for assignment.
Martin was on the Braves’ Opening Day roster and went 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 21 relief appearances over two stints with Atlanta in his Major League debut. He allowed a .296 opponents batting average, including .182 against left-handed hitters. The 25-year-old right-handed pitcher also went 1-3 with one save, a 2.10 ERA and .198 opponents batting average in seven games, including six starts, with Triple-A Gwinnett. Martin was selected by the Braves in the seventh round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and is 27-25 with a 3.00 ERA in 107 games, including 73 starts, in five professional seasons.
Freiman was batting .171 with two doubles and eight RBI in 35 games with Nashville. He began the season on the Oakland disabled list with a strained lumbar muscle and was reinstated from the DL and optioned to Nashville May 9.