Butcher, a 26-year-old lefty, struck out 15 batters per nine innings in 62 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett. Things get a little shaky with his 7.4 walks per nine innings.
The 29-year-old right-handed Obispo also had a solid year with Gwinnett, compiling a 3.53 ERA in 63 2/3 innings.
With the depth of pitching the Braves have, it's very possible both guys could end up in Atlanta sometime during the season, but they should at least get some action in Spring Training.
Mlbtraderumors.com says the move was to keep the pitchers from filing for minor league free agency.
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