Pirates Acquire RP Kela From Rangers for 2 Players Yet to Be Named

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for two players to be named.

The teams announced the deal early Tuesday morning.

Kela is a 25-year-old right-hander with 24 saves and a 3.44 ERA this season. He will be arbitration eligible beginning next season and will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.

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The surging Pirates are 3 1/2 games behind Arizona for the final NL wild-card spot, with Atlanta and Colorado also ahead of them in the standings. The Pirates entered Monday with a 4.23 bullpen ERA, 10th best in the NL.

"Kela is an experienced, quality, high-leverage reliever who projects to be a significant addition to our late-game options for the next few seasons," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.

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