The Braves recalled right-hander Chris Resop from Triple-A Gwinnett, facing a Tuesday deadline to either put him on the major league roster, trade him or allow other teams a 72-hour window to sign him.
Resop said he received a phone call at noon informing him that he would be in uniform with the Braves for their series opener against the Rays Tuesday night. To make room for Resop, the Braves optioned right-hander Jesse Chavez to Gwinnett. Chavez was 0-1 with a 7.33 ERA in 18 appearances this season.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Resop said. “I heard rumors I was going to be in Texas. I was going to be in Milwaukee, Arizona. I heard all kinds of different stuff. It’s hard not to think about it … but I figured I would sit down and wait for the phone call.”
Resop, 27, is a reclamation project of sorts. He is a former power-throwing reliever who reached the majors with the Marlins, Angels and Braves but to minimal success. After spending a year in Japan and adding a two-seam fastball, he has transformed himself into a successful starter.
Resop went 5-2 with a 1.84 ERA in 13 starts for Gwinnett. He was leading the International in ERA, was tied for the lead in WHIP (1.00) and third in strikeouts with 87. He will work out of the bullpen for the Braves.
“The past four weeks I’ve been thinking about [what would happen],” Resop said. “I was pretty fortunate. I had a pretty good year going for me. I was able to kind of put the ball in my court a little bit. At least I knew I was probably going to have a job somewhere. That was a good thing to know. It was good nervousness. It was going to be something for the better.”
Resop’s agent B.B. Abbott said the Braves did field some trade offers for Resop but ultimately decided teams weren’t offering enough.
“I know they got offers,” Abbott said. “But they thought he could help the club at least initially. Once (Jair) Jurrjens and (Takashi) Saito come back, they’ll have a decision to make.”
Resop is out of options, and if the Braves try to send him back to the minors when either of those pitchers returns from the disabled list, he’d have to clear waivers first and would likely end up with another team.
In the mean time though, “this could potentially increase his trade value,” Abbott said. “Maybe they want to showcase him.”