The MLB trade deadline came roaring in this afternoon, leaving teams around the league scrambling to bolster their lineups before time ran out. And bolster their lineup, the Atlanta Braves did. Just before the trade deadline expired this afternoon, the Atlanta Braves made some serious moves. But they’ve been doing that all week. I wasn’t lying when I said that Atlanta needed some help in the bullpen. However, Atlanta’s trades didn’t stop with the bullpen. Take a look at some of the other trades that happened before the 2018 trade deadline:
Braves trade international slot money for Brad Brach
Brad Brach used to be considered one of the best pitchers in the league, boasting a 2.05 ERA in 2016. Since then, Brach hasn’t put up numbers quite as impressive and has quite frankly had an abysmal season so far. Though his 2018 ERA leaves much to be desired (it’s currently sitting at a 4.85) the Braves are confident that a change of scenery will restore him back to his 2016 playing form. Even if Brach continues to under-perform in Atlanta, the Braves didn’t have to give up very much to acquire him.
Braves trade international slot money for Jonny Venters
Atlanta is at it again. This time, trading more international slot money to the Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Jonny Venters. Venters is no stranger to Atlanta, having played there during his first three seasons in the league. Though Venters and his pitching style have drastically changed since his starting few seasons with the Braves, the Alex Anthopolous-led organization managed (yet again) to acquire a decent player without giving up one of their own. Welcome back to Atlanta, Jonny.
Braves trade Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims, and Preston Tucker for Adam Duvall
This trade to the Cincinnati Reds occurred in the late hours of Monday (June 30th) night. The Braves gave up three triple-A players–outfielder Preston Tucker and pitchers Matt Wyatt and Lucas Sims–for left fielder and first baseman, Adam Duvall. Duvall has a blah batting average of only .205 so far this season, but like Brad Brach, proved himself a National League All-Star in 2016. Brach also has been a Golden-Glove finalist over the last two seasons. I think Duvall will do a lot for the Braves.
Braves trade four prospects and international slot money for pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day
The Braves closed this year’s trade deadline with an afternoon trade to the Baltimore Orioles. The trade involved three minor league prospects (Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Brett Cumberland, Evan Phillips and Bruce Zimmerman) and more international slot money. The trade seems pricey.. and it did come with plenty of risks as Darren O’Day is currently injured and still under contract next season for a hefty $9 million. However, it seems like Kevin Gausman could be the just the player needed for a successful run in the postseason. Many even consider him to sit among the ranks of other high-level Atlanta pitchers like Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz.