Kela was traded from the Rangers to the Pirates on Monday in exchange for pitching prospect Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Kela served as a reliable closer out of Texas' bullpen in 2018, recording 24 saves (one blown save) and posting a solid 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 44 strikeouts over 36.2 frames. He'll likely be in line for mid-to-high leverage opportunities as a late-innings setup man, seeing as Felipe Vazquez appears to have a firm handle on the closer's role in Pittsburgh. Kela and Vazquez are under team control until 2022.

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