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Pirates get ‘high-leverage reliever’ Kela from Texas


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Keone Kela. - AP

With the non-waiver deadline nearly 14 hours away, Neal Huntington pulled the trigger on a trade early Tuesday morning to supplement the Pirates' bullpen, acquiring Rangers closer Keone Kela in exchange for left-handed starting pitcher Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later.

Kela, 25, had 24 saves for the Rangers in his fourth season in the majors and is under contract for two more years. The Pirates will need to clear space on the 25-man and 40-man rosters before first pitch Tuesday night against the Cubs at PNC Park.

"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,” Huntington said in a statement.

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