The Orioles acquired right-hander Michael Bowden from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations, MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski reports (Twitter link). Bowden himself announced that he was joining the O’s yesterday on his Twitter feed.
Bowden, 28, will provide the Orioles with Triple-A bullpen depth. He signed a minor league deal with the Reds over the winter, returning to North American baseball after spending the 2014 season pitching in Japan. Drafted 47th overall by Boston in the 2005 draft, Bowden ranked 83rd on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list prior to the 2009 season. The righty has a 4.51 ERA, 1.85 K/BB rate and 6.7 K/9 over 133 2/3 Major League innings with the Red Sox and Cubs from 2008-13.