Brigham signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on Friday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports. Brigham spent 2016 pitching in Japan. Prior to that he posted an 8.64 ERA and 2.16 WHIP in 16.2 big league innings and his minor league strikeout rates have been pretty mediocre. Look for him to serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2017.
Brigham's rights were transferred to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the NPB on Friday. Brigham signed a minor league contract with the Tigers last week, but there had been some reports of him heading to the NPB. Friday's announcement confirms that Brigham will indeed pitch overseas in 2016.
The Braves brought up pitcher Peter Moylan, the team announced Sunday. Moylan last pitched in the majors during the 2013 season and produced a 6.46 ERA over 15 1/3 innings. To make room for Moylan, the team sent pitcher Jake Brigham down to Triple-A. Brigham produced a 4.80 ERA over 15 innings this season.
Following the blockbuster three-team deal finalized earlier on Thursday, the Braves made a handful of roster moves. The team has called up right-handers Jake Brigham and Ryan Kelly , and left-hander Matt Marksberry from Triple-A Gwinnett. Brigham appeared in five games for the Braves earlier this season, posting a 5.59 ERA in 9 2/3 innings of relief. Kelly was also up with the big club earlier in the year. He allowed two earned runs over 2 2/3 relief innings. Marksberry, who has never tasted the Major Leagues has made 33 relief appearances between Class A Carolina and Triple-A this year. He is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA over his 46 combined innings.
The Braves optioned pitcher Jake Brigham to Triple-A on Friday, the team announced. Brigham went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 9 2/3 innings this season. Meanwhile, the team designated pitcher David Carpenter for assignment. Carpenter produced a 7.36 ERA over 3 2/3 innings.