By Tim Clinton
Kela traded to Pirates
Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela has been traded from the Texas Rangers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for prospect Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later.
Kela was the closer for the Rangers, posting a 3-3 record with a 3.44 earned run average and 24 saves in 25 opportunities.
The hard-throwing right-hander had 44 strikeouts in 36.2 innings for the Rangers and threw in 38 games.
Kela is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season.
Barnette still with Rangers
Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette has a 2-0 record with a 2.39 ERA as a right-handed reliever for the Texas Rangers.
Barnette has worked 26.1 innings in 22 games, striking out 26 and walking only five.
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