Detroit Tigers acquire right-handed reliever Blair Calvo in trade with Colorado Rockies

Detroit Free Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Tigers acquired right-handed reliever Blair Calvo, who made his MLB debut earlier this season, from the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations.

Calvo has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

The Rockies drafted Calvo in the 23rd round (No. 699 overall) in 2019 out of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

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Calvo made his MLB debut for the Rockies against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 30 and tossed a scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen. He retired all three batters he faced on 11 pitches.

Calvo also logged a 7.43 ERA with 10 walks and 32 strikeouts across 23 innings in 24 relief appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque. He throws a four-seam fastball, sinker, slider and changeup.

He was designated for assignment by the Rockies on June 15, three days before the trade to the Tigers.

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Right-handed reliever Braden Bristo — claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on the first day of May — was designated for assignment by the Tigers to make room for Calvo on the 40-man roster.

Bristo posted a 7.64 ERA with 11 walks and 21 strikeouts across 17⅔ innings in 15 relief appearances for Triple-A Toledo.

The 28-year-old also allowed three runs (two earned runs) in two games for the Tigers. He most recently pitched Wednesday as the 27th player for the doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.

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