Braves’ trade for Maholm and Johnson was strong

For those who’ve asked – and even those who haven’t – I like Monday’s trade for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. A lot. And here’s why.

While I was first in line among those who thought a trade for Ryan Dempster would’ve really helped the Braves by giving them a proven front-line veteran pitcher who happens to be pitching as well or better than he has in his entire career, being snubbed last week by Dempster proved to be the impetus for the Braves to move on to what turns out to be a better deal for them.

I said that not only because they ended up not parting with a solid starting-pitcher prospect – Randall Delgado – in a trade for a rental player they’d probably only have for two months, but also because the Braves got both a quality left-handed starter in Maholm, and a veteran outfielder/pinch-hitter who doesn’t have the marquee appeal of some other players traded this week, but who perfectly fills a Braves need.

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Newest Braves starter Paul Maholm is under contractual control through 2013.

Yes, the Braves gave up a power arm in Arodys Vizcaino, a pitcher with an upper-90s fastball, a guy who was viewed as pretty much untouchable this time a year ago. A pitcher some have projected as a future closer or a top-half-of-rotation starter.

But he is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t be ready to pitch until the spring, and his injury problems early in his career raise questions about his durability and whether he could hold up to the workload of a starter or even the unpredictable schedule and demands of a full-time closer. Also, his repertoire will need to be expanded if he’s to become a starter.

We’ll see. Not until years from now can we really rate a trade like this, for those who insist on figuring who “won” a deal. But I’ll just say, if the Braves still felt as certain about Vizcaino as they did 12-18 months ago, they wouldn’t have included him in this deal.

And even if Vizcaino does go on to have a great career, this was a risk worth taking for the Braves right now, in their situation, with the needs that they had that had to be filled if they were going to go from being a team trying to squeak into the postseason as a wild card, to a team that could possibly reel in the Nationals and will, regardless, go into the postseason with a lot better chance of advancing than they would’ve had with the roster that was in place 24 hours ago.

Not only does this trade make the Braves rotation better by adding a solid middle-rotation type starter in Maholm, who also happens to be pitching as well or better than he ever has – 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his past seven games (six starts) – but he’s also under contractual control for 2013 in a $6.5 million club option that is quite reasonable for a veteran pitcher of his ilk.

Not an ace, but a solid middle-rotation guy who will give the Braves the potential to have a righty-lefty-right-lefty-righty order in their rotation for the first time in recent memory, which works well if the two lefties (Minor and Maholm) are both average or above-average pitchers. If Minor’s not there already given his improved performance in the past two months, then he will be by next season.

This trade makes the bullpen better by allowing the Braves to move Kris Medlen back to the role he’s excelled in during the past month or more. And you shouldn’t, by the way, worry about Medlen feeling down about being the yo-yo here and getting teased twice this season by the possibility of moving into the regular starting rotation.

Because while he said during spring training he preferred to start, he’s told us several times in recent weeks that he’s fine where he is now, enjoying the bullpen role and happy because he’s helping the team win. He’s a really smart and mature young guy, despite the goofy stuff he does and the Cali lingo he uses. When he says he’ll do whatever role the Braves tell him to do, he means it.

And eventually, whether it’s here or elsewhere, Medlen will get the chance to be a starter if that’s the role he still wants down the line. Hey, it could even be this season. We’ve all seen how quickly things could change with an injury or two.

BRAVES LINEUP Tuesday

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Heyward RF
  4. McCann C
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Francisco 3B
  8. Janish SS
  9. Medlen P

• The nuts-and-bolts part: Casual fans aren’t going to get too excited about the addition of Reed Johnson. At least not till they consider what he means to this team, or at least once they see how that transpires on the field as I think it will.

Consider this: Braves pinch-hitters are just 23-for-132 (.174) this season, the second year in a row when they’ve struggled. They have just five extra-base hits, 13 RBIs, .243 OBP and .250 slugging percentage, ranking 15th in the NL in average, dead last in OBP and 14th in slugging.

Cubs pinch-hitters are second in the NL with a .291 average, fourth with a .351 OBP and first with a .485 slugging percentage, and Reed Johnson hit .448 (13-for-29) with a .484 OBP and .586 slugging percentage as a pinch-hitter, with a double, a homer, five RBIs and more than twice as many pinch hits as any other Cub.

Outfielder/pinch-hitter Reed Johnson is a great fit for the Braves.

Outfielder/pinch-hitter Reed Johnson is a great fit for the Braves.

Compare that to the Braves most-used pinch-hitters: Matt Diaz (.192, 5-for-26), Eric Hinske (.158, 6-for-38) and Juan Francisco (.138, 4-for-29). Between them, that trio has one pinch-hit homer and seven RBIs. No other Brave has as many as 10 at-bats as a pinch-hitter.

To repeat, Johnson has a .448/ .484/.586 slash line in 29 pinch ABs.

The Braves have needed a backup centerfielder and lately they’ve needed a right-handed bat off the bench, with Diaz out indefinitely. Johnson is both of those things.

He’s hit .321 (27-for-84) with an .891 OPS against lefties this season and .312 with an .837 OPS against lefties in his career. He’s a .284 career hitter with a .341 OBP, including .281 (45-for-160) as a pinch-hitter.

Johnson is 35 but really fit, still moves well and can play solid defense at any of the three outfield spots. By all accounts, he’s a good dude and great in the clubhouse, which always helps with a late-season addition who doesn’t have spring training to ease into a clubhouse and slowly get to know guys.

Oh, and for what it’s worth, he’s hit .406 (13-for-32) with three doubles and a homer since July 5 (pinch RBI single vs. Braves that day?). He went 4-for-6 with a homer and double against the Mets on July 6 and has four multi-hit games in the six games where he’s had more than one at-bat during that stretch

As GM Frank Wren pointed out last night, adding him will allow the Braves to give center fielder Michael Bourn and left fielder Martin Prado an occasional day off, without sacrificing defense or creating a black hole in the lineup.

Both of those guys look like they could use a break about now. Both are still coming up with big hits and big plays like the one Prado made last night on his throw to home to cut down Jose Reyes. But the hits have been fewer in the past couple of months fo the Braves’ Nos. 1-2 hitters, who’ve played virtually every day and may be tiring whether or not they admit it publicly.

Bourn has hit .242 with a .311 OBP in his past 42 games, after hitting .320 with a .372 OBP in his first 60 games.

Prado has hit .270 with a .315 OBP in his past 44 games, after hitting .326 with a .394 OPS in his first 56 games. And in his last 20 games, Prado has hit just .212 with a .258 OBP and .271 slugging percentage.

Help is on the way, fellas. The Braves made a deal that made a lot of sense.

• Let’s close with a tune from one or our national treasures, the great Merle Haggard. You can hear it by clicking here.

The young Hag

The young Hag

“WHAT AM I GONNA DO (with the Rest of My Life)” by Merle Haggard

I can make it for a day or two without you
And maybe I can make it through the night
I can smoke I can drink and probably be alright until morning
But what am I gonna do with the rest of my life.

I’ve got things that I can do
I’ve got places I can go to this evening
I’ve got whiskey I can drink
That’ll help me not to think about you leaving
Yes I can smoke and I can drink
Probably be alright till morning
But what am I gonna do with the rest of my life.

I’ve got things that I can do
I’ve got places I can go to this evening
I’ve got whiskey I can drink
That’ll help me not to think about you leaving
Yes I can smoke and I can drink
Probably be alright till morning
But what am I gonna do with the rest of my life.

But what am I gonna do with the rest of my life…

— by David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,528 comments Add your comment

Stanley

July 31st, 2012
3:48 pm

DHD

July 31st, 2012
3:48 pm

I love this deal!!!!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
3:50 pm

Love this deal. Thanks DOB

Threadkiller

July 31st, 2012
3:50 pm

New deal..Minor, JJ, PTBNL to Tampa for Shields???

timthebrave

July 31st, 2012
3:50 pm

BraveOne

July 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

archie

July 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

Let’s hope Medlen shows his true skills on the mound: control, holding runners close, fielding his position. And at the plate: laying down a bunt, making contact, providing a quality at-bat.

Tommy Hanson, the luckiest starter in baseball, has done none of those things with any consistency.

TennesseePaul

July 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .179 .200 .256 0.456 .219 ___40
Prado__ .222 .275 .278 0.553 .274 ___70
Heyward .294 .359 .618 0.977 .450 __197
McCann_ .250 .351 .656 1.008 .420 __205
Freeman .276 .432 .310 0.743 .359 __131
Uggla__ .071 .235 .143 0.378 .202 ___18
Francis .323 .364 .645 1.009 .400 __206
Janish_ .185 .313 .222 0.535 .264 ___67
Medlen_ .000 .000 .000 0.000 .000 _-100

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

Dylan Hernandez ‏@dylanohernandez
Source: the #Dodgers are out on Ryan Dempster.

He won’t be getting his top choice. I’d guess he’s going to the Yanks.

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
Gearrin move doesn’t matter. You’ve got a starting pitcher on a pitch count tonight. Still a desire to add a reliever.

brad

July 31st, 2012
3:53 pm

Enter your comments here

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
3:55 pm

Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi
Josh Johnson will not be traded, source says.

Mark Sheldon ‏@m_sheldon
Reliever Todd Redmond is in #reds clubhouse. No roster moves announced as of yet.

Redmond gonna get his chance. Good for him.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
3:55 pm

Dylan Hernandez ‏@dylanohernandez
#Dodgers made a late push for #Twins left-hander Glen Perkins, but nothing materialized.

Halbert

July 31st, 2012
3:56 pm

I still don’t get how being in NY is better for Dempster’s daughter than ATL when he supposedly only wanted to go to the West Coast. And I’m not trying to be a douche here….just trying to understand his logic.

Reid in EAV

July 31st, 2012
3:56 pm

This closes out the Melky / Javier Vazquez trade, doesn’t it? Didn’t Vizcaino come over as a top Yankees prospect?

tony austin

July 31st, 2012
3:57 pm

I like this deal so much better. I was all for Dempster at first, even at the price of Delgado, but with hindsight kicking in I realize Delgado would have been too much. I am so glad Dempster basically nixed the deal. Plus I’ve been a Reed Johnson fan since the first time he played for the Cubs.

Bravesfaninnc

July 31st, 2012
3:57 pm

@Halbert the sick daughter story might be a makeup story who knows

Bravesfaninnc

July 31st, 2012
3:58 pm

Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN

Rangers land Ryan Dempster

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
3:58 pm

nooneyouveheardof @nooneyouveheardof
Epstein announces Dempster traded to #Cubs for cash considerations.

ncbravesfan90

July 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

Scott Miller ‏@ScottMCBS
Looks like Dempster to #Rangers, working on confirmation

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

JIM BOWDEN ‏@JimBowdenESPNxm
Buster Olney ESPN reporting Rangers landed Ryan Dempster

Ken Gurnick ‏@kengurnick
The Dodgers apparently have lost out on Ryan Dempster, who likely will go to Texas.

Bravesfaninnc

July 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

So it safe to assume that Wren did not make a trade today right

Biggs

July 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

You also need to keep in mind that he can play all 3 outfield positions. Most likely Bourne will not be back.

ncbravesfan90

July 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

Yeah because Texas is closer to his home in Canada…..

TennesseePaul

July 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

Redmond gonna get his chance. Good for him.

We’ll see. They brought him up a while ago and all he did was a load of laundry.

Pace

July 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

Deadline expired – guess the Braves have done all they are going to do. Good trade for the team – now they just gotta WIN.

Ward

July 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

Baseball Net Work – Dempster is heading to Rangers…..

Revised Scouting Report

July 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

Dempster to Rangers

Jimmy

July 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

Halbert – The kid has spent months in hospitals in Philly/Baltimore area. That’s what I’ve read anyway.

Thanks for the work DOB. I too (for what it matters) like the trade that was put together.

I think our pen will be fine.

bigchiefrg

July 31st, 2012
4:00 pm

The one problem I have about Medlen being such a “crucial” part of the bullpen is the score of the games he keeps getting put in. The difference in score has been 3+ in 7 of his last 15 appearances.

JC Brave

July 31st, 2012
4:01 pm

MLB Trade Rumors ‏@mlbtraderumors
Rangers Acquire Ryan Dempster.

TennesseePaul

July 31st, 2012
4:01 pm

Epstein announces Dempster traded to #Cubs for cash considerations.

If that is true that is a massive opportunity cost Dempster laid on the Cubs. From Delgado to a bag of money.

tony austin

July 31st, 2012
4:01 pm

Dempster possibly to Texas?? That’s because Texas is so much closer to Vancouver that Atlanta.

PMC

July 31st, 2012
4:01 pm

Oh Noes, Dempster is going to be so far away from his family (sarcasm)

The Dude Abides... Still

July 31st, 2012
4:01 pm

Braves are Calling up Garrein

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
4:01 pm

Yeah because Texas is closer to his home in Canada…..

It is… he lives in Vancouver, on the west side… Texas is closer than ATL

Wow, the Rangers sure have a lot of pitching… such a shame all their guys got hurt,

Ward

July 31st, 2012
4:02 pm

Glad Dempster is not a Yankee, and Texas has a great hospital.

TennesseePaul

July 31st, 2012
4:02 pm

Deadline expired – guess the Braves have done all they are going to do. Good trade for the team

News of deals can trickle out over the next few, but it does appear the Braves are done.

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
4:02 pm

If it’s true, I’m glad when an NL player goes to the AL at the trade deadline. Greinke out of the NL, Dempster (if true) out of the NL.

Pretty much you know what the starting rotations for the NL competitive teams will be.

ncscoots

July 31st, 2012
4:03 pm

They brought him up a while ago and all he did was a load of laundry.

But he didn’t fold.

NCbrave

July 31st, 2012
4:03 pm

Dempster to the Rangers

PMC

July 31st, 2012
4:03 pm

I would have respected Dempster more if he came out and said he was trying to get a long term deal out of a team that would give him one over spinning Urban Meyer esque lies about his family.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
4:03 pm

If that is true that is a massive opportunity cost Dempster laid on the Cubs. From Delgado to a bag of money.

Amazing… ly sad.

CB

July 31st, 2012
4:03 pm

ab, I think you got TP!

LAG

July 31st, 2012
4:03 pm

Last time we had more than one lefty starter on the team was ‘08. Mike Hampton, Jo-Jo Reyes, and (for a while) Tom Glavine.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal
Two Class A pitchers going from #Rangers to #Cubs for Dempster.

DefBrave

July 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

abeewright – Dempster was traded to Cubs for cash considerations, you say???

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi
Chase Headley stays.

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

“If that is true that is a massive opportunity cost Dempster laid on the Cubs. From Delgado to a bag of money.”

Actually ‘nooneyouveheardof’ reported that Dempster would be staying with the Cubs (i.e., traded from the Cubs to the Cubs for cash).

The Dude Abides... Still

July 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

Dempster obviously over-played his hand with holding out on going to the Dodgers. The yankees were used as leverage as they usually are. Then he falls in the Rangers lap. Dempster is now vile.

Scoots

July 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

So, the deadline has passed. The Braves didn’t trade Delgado, Minor, Teheran, or Gilmartin. We got two of our three needs. I’ll take it.

Bravesfaninnc

July 31st, 2012
4:05 pm

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal

Correction: One of players going to #Cubs is a pitcher, one a position player. Both at Class A.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
4:05 pm

ncscoots: Haha

CrαZy

July 31st, 2012
4:06 pm

I bet the Rangers will either release Oswalt or try him in the pen… dude’s been horrible this year!!

Ward

July 31st, 2012
4:06 pm

All, have a good one! Maholm will be great for the Braves. He’s younger, and has nasty stuff too.Peace my friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
4:06 pm

Well, Dempster “screwed” over the Cubs, but it’ll be okay.

News of a braves deal might leak out soon, but not expecting anything.

Ward

July 31st, 2012
4:06 pm

All, have a good one! Maholm will be great for the Braves. He’s younger, and has nasty stuff too.Peace my friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

ncbravesfan90

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

Dempster was suppose to be one of the first players moved this summer, ends up being the last, right at the deadline.

The Dude Abides... Still

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

Braves could have used Brandon League or Mejeca

Juan

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

TUESDAY….we’re 11-4 on tuesday….good day for the Bravo

JC Brave

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

Chase Headly stays with Padres. Braves should try to get him next offseason! Would be a good addition to the team and an acceptable replacement at 3B after Chipper retires. Affordable too.

Joey Terdoslavich hasn’t been all that great so far, or has he? Does anyone have any input on Joey’s chances of being part of Braves’ future?

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

Noone should listen to ‘nooneyouveheardof’ though. Appears he was dead wrong on his faux tweet.

JoshTown

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

Good trade, and helps solidify an already (mostly) solid team. We’ve got kinks to iron out like everyone else, but this should help the bats relax with an improved starting rotation, and our bench just got a hell of a lot better. Go Braves!

tony austin

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

So, the deadline has passed. The Braves didn’t trade Delgado, Minor, Teheran, or Gilmartin. We got two of our three needs. I’ll take it. – Scoots

Co-sign.

Zing

July 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

Agreed, DOB – this was really nice work by Wren. In contrast with the Dempster trade, which I felt pretty ambivalent about because of the inclusion of Delgado (whom I think is very close to breaking out), here we have a pitcher in the middle of his career who’s under control for next year, too. Reed Johnson also is a big pickup… I’m frankly a little bit surprised that Epstein agreed to this one.

RC

July 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

So glad that Dempster will be able to be closer to his family in Mexico. What’s that? They live in British Columbia? Then why the heck did he hold out for this deal (if it’s really about being close to his family).

Bravesfaninnc

July 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

Wren did a decent job at the deadline he trade a starting pitcher and a bat but we also need a bullpen arm. And that one he did not do Wren you could have done much better then this.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

MLB Trade Rumors ‏@mlbtraderumors
Yankees Close To Acquiring McGehee For Qualls http://bit.ly/PmrS8N #mlb

monty

July 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

Of course Medlen is OK with going back to the pen, what else would a team guy say? No it sucks? But believe you me there’s not one reliever(hyperbole) who really believes he can cut it as a starter who wants to be in the pen. When you look at the differences between pay for a good starter and a good reliever there’s alot of disparity and alot more packing of bags. How do I love starting? Let me count the ways.

BravesFanInNashville

July 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

Reid in EAV.. Yes Vizcaino did come over in that Yankee trade. We now end up with Maholm and Johnson as the remnants of that trade. Not bad considering we don’t know the future on Viz and Vazquez is retired. We have two players that can help us this year and Maholm will be around at least one more year.

ChattTownBrian

July 31st, 2012
4:09 pm

We have one fiasco it seems every trade dealine with a certain player. This year it was Demspter. I’d say his was easily the wildest, silliest one yet. Unreal. He’s not even that great to begin with.

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
4:09 pm

A few more deals ought to trickle out in the next hours. Dempster deal was probably not the last.

The Dude Abides... Still

July 31st, 2012
4:12 pm

Come on guys.. You know what Dempster’s problem was. He stated he wanted to be the hammer, not the nail for a change. Says the multimillionaire playing a childs game. He was made that he found out through the media that the he was heading to the braves. He is a classic prima donna. I hate unions and this is union mentality that I have a right to do something even if its not necessary.

Bama Brave

July 31st, 2012
4:12 pm

Im Just Glad We Didnt give up delgado for dempster!!!!

Murph

July 31st, 2012
4:13 pm

Dempster is getting paid the same regardless of where he went, and he’s a free agent at the end of the season… he didn’t screw himself over at all.

I’m sure the Cubs are disappointed… Delgado would have been a really good pickup for them. What are you gonna do, though? The owners agreed to the 10/5 rule just like the players did. Sometimes it bites them in the tushy.

It’s a waste of your own time to sit around feeling angry about a guy who turned down a trade to your favorite team. Take that anger and use it for something productive, like forum bashing dot Don or Mitchell or whoever.

The Dude Abides... Still

July 31st, 2012
4:13 pm

No I think the Furcal thing was the worse.

ChattTownBrian

July 31st, 2012
4:13 pm

Disappointed FW didn’t get a solid RP. He has so much talent to choose from to trade for an important piece missing in that pen. The reason for this missing piece is Venters. He isn’t to be trusted anymore in high pressure spots. EOF can’t work as much as they probably want because of his back.

He can still get one of those RP of course, but still would’ve been real nice to pick up one now.

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
4:14 pm

NL Teams: Nats, Braves, Reds, Pirates, Cards, Giants, Dodgers, DBacks
AL Teams: Yanks, Orioles, Red Sox, Rays, White Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Angels

I think Pirates and DBacks drop out before too much longer.
I think Os and Rays drop out before too much longer.

Patrick

July 31st, 2012
4:15 pm

Yankees traded Chad Qualls to Pirates for Casey McGhee

Good for the Pirates for being active and going for it!
I hope they win the division, it’d be a great story

njbraves

July 31st, 2012
4:15 pm

A relief pitcher was a real need…bad job by Wren. Dodgers, Giants, and Reds got better…Braves really didn’t.

Bat Masterson

July 31st, 2012
4:16 pm

But he didn’t fold.

nice

Jack in Macon

July 31st, 2012
4:16 pm

Agree Dave. This is a great trade for the Braves for all the reasons you mention and others. One of those is, as I understand it, the Cubs are paying Maholm”s and Johnsons’ salary for the remainder of the year. Obviouly, Maholm is a great addition but Reed Johnson is a big deal for the Braves.

Dave, do you think it’s likely the Braves will go with essentially a 6 man rotation using Medlen in such a way that Hanson (specially Hanson), Huddy, Sheets and Minor can each skip a start to help them stay fresh?

Patrick

July 31st, 2012
4:17 pm

Ha! To Dempster who has turned himself into a liar and villian in at least 2 cities in the matter of less than a week.

I’m so glad that he did not go to the place that he really wanted to.
And he’s going to the AL where he will most likely not be phantom ace as he was perceived (by some) to be in the NL. He hasn’t been pitching as well lately either compared to earlier in the year.

raleighbravefan

July 31st, 2012
4:18 pm

Nats sat out? WWWhheeeeeeeeewww.

Wren will be studying the waiver wire.

Patrick

July 31st, 2012
4:18 pm

A relief pitcher was a real need…bad job by Wren. Dodgers, Giants, and Reds got better…Braves really didn’t.

Very true post.

They got slightly better on the bench. That’s all

unbelievable

July 31st, 2012
4:18 pm

Jack, dont think you will see a 6 man rotation. Best pitchers pitch less, worst pitchers pitch more. Not a good philosophy unless you are the Rockies and you are just saving arms.

Heisenberg

July 31st, 2012
4:19 pm

Interesting I have not seen anything so far about Nats acquiring a pitcher. They were rumored to be looking for one to use when they shut down Strasburg. I will still believe it when I see it. But if they do shut him down, then it is either Wang or Lannan in that spot which will cost Nats a couple or more wins.

flange1

July 31st, 2012
4:19 pm

Come on MEds, show the front office that you can start!

Throw up 6 innings with 1 run and 3 hits and let them think about it!

StingerSplash

July 31st, 2012
4:19 pm

I coulda gone all day without a Jo-Jo Reyes reference. All year, in fact. Maybe even the rest of my life.
Great Hag call today, DOB. Very few, if any, better (Cash, Dylan, maybe … maybe) and few in his class.

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
4:19 pm

I’m the biggest Dempster fan in the world for failing to approve the trade. Delgado was a ridiculous over-pay for 2 months of Dempster, who will likely return to norms at the end of the season.

He’s a career 4.31 ERA, with a W-L% of .492, 1.43 WHIP, 4.41 BB/9, 7.71 SO/9.

2012 … 2.25 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 7.70 SO/9

Reid in EAV

July 31st, 2012
4:21 pm

Two outta three needs met ain’t bad. And remember that we have Peter Moylan on the way back. That said, might be possible to get a good ‘pen arm via a waiver-wire deal. Oh yeah, Andrelton Simmons is on the way back too. He could still make some noise down the stretch, though Janish has certainly overperformed.

BravesFanInNashville – thanks!

Memphis

July 31st, 2012
4:21 pm

People on here are so fickle. With Medlen going back to bullpen, Moylan coming back and Venters coming around. The Braves aren’t desperate for bullpen help. Odds are they’ll pick up someone off the waiver wire before the season is up.

Patrick

July 31st, 2012
4:21 pm

Braves could have used Brandon League or Mejeca

This is true, they definatley could have.
Instead they went to 1 of 2 teams that could take the wild care away from them again this season….and if that happens, I hope that Wren is fired. And also, that they put serious thought into letting Fredi go to.

ncscoots

July 31st, 2012
4:21 pm

I’m so glad that he did not go to the place that he really wanted to.

Why would you even care, man?

unbelievable

July 31st, 2012
4:22 pm

I hope that Wren is fired. – Patrick

Careful what you wish for.

raleighbravefan

July 31st, 2012
4:22 pm

njbraves – “Braves really didn’t” (get better) huh? Huh? HUH?

Go back and read this very blog. You must be living too close to one of those many toxic waste dumps in scenic NJ. And…we didn’t get better because we didn’t sign a RP? Again, HUH???

Stumps O Reilly

July 31st, 2012
4:22 pm

This might ut us in the driver’s seat. Now if Uggla can remember how to hit,we are in the money :)

DAP

July 31st, 2012
4:22 pm

reid in EAV This closes out the Melky / Javier Vazquez trade, doesn’t it? Didn’t Vizcaino come over as a top Yankees prospect?

it actually doesnt, because mike dunn was in that trade and used to get uggla, and now that viz has been traded, the book is still open as we see what maholm, johnson, and uggla continue to do for atlanta.

abeeewright

July 31st, 2012
4:24 pm

“”They got slightly better on the bench.”

You are understating how bad the Braves bench has been this season, both offensively and defensively.

Going with two more guys in the bullpen and having a short bench for the rest of the season might have been an improvement.

Gone Viral

July 31st, 2012
4:25 pm

Ryan Dempster’s nonsense prevents us from making a disastrous trade then we turn around make an outstanding one. This has been a good week all around for Braves baseball.

Bravefaninok

July 31st, 2012
4:26 pm

David O’Brien ‏@ajcbraves

Fredi said Medlen is in the rotation for now. Plan to start him again Sunday vs Astros

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