Braves trade for Gotay, drop Terdoslavich to Double-A

MIAMI — The Braves demoted struggling third baseman Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett to Double-A Mississippi and traded for journeyman infielder Ruben Gotay, a former Brave who will handle at least some of the third-base duties at Gwinnett.

Terdoslavich, 23, made the jump directly from high-Class A Lynchburg to Triple-A to start the season and looked overmatched, batting .180 (35-for-194) with four doubles, four homers, 20 RBIs and 50 strikeouts in 53 games.

He had a .252 OBP and made 22 errors in 50 games at third base, after playing almost exclusively first base last season at Lynchburg.

The Braves wanted to give Terdoslavich a chance to show if he might be close to major-league ready after his breakout season in 2011, when he .286 with a Carolina League-record 52 doubles, 20 homers, 82 RBIs and an .867 OPS. He also had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League.

Gotay came from the Blue Jays in a trade for cash considerations. The 29-year-old hit .346 with no homers, a .435 on-base percentage in 23 games for the Jays’ Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate. His 27 hits included 24 singles.

In parts of four major league seasons with Kansas City, the New York Mets and the Braves, Gotay hit .255 with 55 extra-base hits (12 homers) and 77 RBIs in 726 at-bats. He last played in the majors for the Braves in 2008.

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June 5th, 2012
8:36 pm

Finally they rescue Terdo…. the poor kid was way above his head.

matt c

June 5th, 2012
8:37 pm


June 5th, 2012
8:38 pm

DOB is a fool

June 5th, 2012
8:40 pm

Maybe just maybe when a guy is way too old for single A, DOB shouldn’t go crazy with the hype fooling ignorant casual Brave fans. Peddling a false narrative is such a dirty way to to drum up interest.

Darryl Blackberry

June 5th, 2012
9:03 pm

Wow. Way to bite the hand that feeds you, DIAF.



June 5th, 2012
9:22 pm

DOB, do you any idea when Gattis will be back to play at Mississippi

Around The Horn

June 6th, 2012
4:41 am


Why trade for Gotay when the Braves just got rid of Drew Sutton (now with the Rays)?

Why wasn’t Sutton simply kept?

Braves Fan in Maine

June 6th, 2012
8:03 am

Hey DOB I asked this on another blog but what about pastor to play 3rd base?? Just an idea


June 6th, 2012
8:08 am

The Braves need starting pitching!!! This rotation cannot win a five game series in October! One more stud, and one more serviceable starter should do it!

John A.

June 6th, 2012
8:08 am

I see you have a way to sugar coat a sour deal. Gotay hit 224 while with the Braves and hasn’t played since 2008. Another Frank deal…….yeah!!!!!!!!!!!


June 6th, 2012
8:10 am

OK, I read the article three times. I can’t find crazy hype in it.

DOB, did you put crazy hype in the article just to stir up trouble, and then remove it to make “DOB is a fool” look foolish himself.

You are such a prankster Mr. O’Brien, but we appreciate your work.


June 6th, 2012
8:59 am

I don’t understand this trades; we shipped Drew and next day he was flipped to Rays. Why we just can’t trade directly to Rays and get more for it as they were very desperate. Now why we get Gotay?

urban redneck

June 6th, 2012
9:15 am

if you think DOB is a fool, go read something from mark bradley.

what a d-bag you are, DIAF. and probably a phils fan.

David O'Brien

June 6th, 2012
9:44 am

Hey DOB I asked this on another blog but what about pastor to play 3rd base?? Just an idea — Braves Fan

Doesn’t profile well as an every-day 3B, defensively or offensively. Especially not on a team that doesn’t have big power at LF, another typical power position.

David O'Brien

June 6th, 2012
9:45 am

DOB, do you any idea when Gattis will be back to play at Mississippi — Bob

No. I asked team official about him yesterday. Still recovering from wrist tendinitis.


June 6th, 2012
9:59 am

And the Braves post-Chipper 3rd base plan is still…. Zero. Hopefully they’ll get the word soon that he isn’t gonna play much any more.

No Flag Since Lemke

June 6th, 2012
10:00 am

Amazing given their needs and Terdoslavich’s struggles, that Braves did not draft Richie Shaffer from right up the road at Clemson – projects as a middle of the order 3B and was still on the board when we drafted – fell to the Rays a few picks later.


June 6th, 2012
10:48 am

I like Gotay, even though I’m a little bit sick of “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

derek b

June 6th, 2012
11:00 am


June 6th, 2012
12:45 pm

Teach Uggla how to play 3rd and go back and get Infante.


June 6th, 2012
12:54 pm


Serious question. What possible logic does Fredi employ in his decision to bat the .242 hitting, and slowest runner on the team, McCann, third in the batting order? Do you think any other MBL manager would be batting their slowest runner 3rd?

Does not standard managerial logic say to hit your best overall hitter third? Isn’t Prado now our best overall hitter?

Fredi needs to stop playing ignorant lineup games by batting Constanza 9th and the pitcher 8th. If you want two leadoffs types back-to-back then why doesn’t he simply bat Constanza 2nd. Prado 3rd, and the best matchup for either Uggla, Freeman or even the slow afoot McCann 4th.

Is this too hard for him to grasp? Geez!


June 6th, 2012
1:00 pm

Just goes to show how short sighted Frank Wren can be, I’m still trying to figure out the Jaun Fransisco deal once again we would probably have been better off with Sutton.


June 6th, 2012
1:16 pm


I wasn’t aware that Sutton played 3B. Maybe you could enlighten me.


June 6th, 2012
1:19 pm


My mistake; Sutton is a 3B, I confused him with someone else. You are probably right, although they didn’t give up any players for Gotay.

My Thoughts

June 6th, 2012
1:35 pm

I sense that Gotay may be our “super utility” guy this year. Adios, jack Wilson. Also, does anyone know what happened to the Braves Twitter on air personality Beth ??

[...] tweeting that question, I may have found a possible solution. The Braves made a move yesterday, sending Joey Terdoslavich down to Mississippi and trading for Ruben Gotay, a utility infielder that spent some time in Atlanta a few years [...]


June 6th, 2012
6:01 pm

Beth the Twitter girl was awful….The most awkward reporter I have ever witnessed on TV.


June 6th, 2012
6:45 pm

I thought I’d read up on the Braves draft. Couldn’t find any articles. One article on Wren’s son going to the Reds; and one on the Ga HS star going to the Twins. Did I miss something?

Yehuda Hamer

June 7th, 2012
5:56 am

What will we do long term?


June 7th, 2012
10:48 am

Great to see Contanza back on the team.

Bill E.

June 8th, 2012
12:03 pm

This is not a comment, but a question, What is Glen Hubbard doing, and where is he doing it?


June 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

We already have a 3rd baseman…his freaking name is Prado!!!!! Sign him now for the next 5 years……NOW!

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 2nd, 2012
10:43 am

Since Retreads are the ploy of the week, why doesn’t Wren see if he can encourage Javy Vasquez to give it a go again. He pitched pretty well at the end of last season and is just sitting around in Miami. JD Drew comes to mind as well.


July 17th, 2012
12:50 am

No need to trade for a starting pitcher. Im sure Prado can start every 5th game


July 17th, 2012
12:54 am

I love Constanza and Bourn in the lineup.

I still totally disagree with not playing Georgie in September and feel ABSOLUTELY sure that he would have gotten the Braves into the playoffs when they were struggling to score and still barely losing so many games. He was worth 2 wins. The cards would never have won the world series had the Braves played Georgie in half the games in September. I dont care what anyone says.


July 17th, 2012
12:55 am

Good to see Pete throwing. Here’s to him never getting seriously injured again!


July 18th, 2012
5:30 pm

With Chipper retiring, was kinda hoping FW would try to pick up a long-term, power hitting replacement for 3B. Sure he may get bench time, but wouldn’t it be great to carry someone over the rest of the year who could step in and add power?

That being said, first and foremost should be pitching. Gotta have Grienke. Not sure why they’re hesitating. Have a huge fear it’s going to be like every other year when we do NOTHING to bolster our staff.

C’mon Frank…..DO IT!!!

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