Braves Acquire Scott Linebrink

The Braves acquired Scott Linebrink and $3.5MM from the White Sox for minor league pitcher Kyle Cofield. Linebrink, 34, posted a 4.40 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 57 1/3 innings for the White Sox in 2010. He's entering the final year of the four-year, $19MM deal he signed before the 2008 season and will earn $5.5MM in 2011. 

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports broke the story (Twitter links) and MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported the amount of cash changing hands (on Twitter).

The Braves selected Cofield in the eighth round of the 2005 draft. The 23-year-old right-hander spent most of the 2010 season at Double-A, where he posted a 4.39 ERA with 6.2 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 55 1/3 innings. Baseball America ranked Cofield 24th among Braves prospects before the season, noting that he has a low 90s fastball and a plus curveball that he struggles to command. 


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197 Comments on "Braves Acquire Scott Linebrink"


knoxfire30
4 years 8 months ago

If the braves are picking up 1 dollar of this contract kenny williams needs to be named general manager of the year right now!!!!!!!!!!

4 years 8 months ago

Roger McDowell will fix him….AND he’ll be back to pitching in the NL.

4 years 8 months ago

Yeah clearly Don Cooper is a slouch. Seriously hoo ray beer!

4 years 8 months ago

I’m JUST saying. The ONLY bad thing about this deal is that the Braves have to pay 4 million.

roberty
4 years 8 months ago

The Braves will only be paying $2 million for Linebrink in 2011, as the White Sox are chipping in $3.5 million of the $5.5 million owed to him. Good deal for the Braves.

4 years 8 months ago

Even better!! I’ll take a veteran reliever at that price who, as it stands now,doesn’t have a set role. We’ve got Moylan, Venters and Kimbrel in place for the back end of the rotation.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

The guy who signed him to the contract in the first place?

4 years 8 months ago

So this is Kimbrel’s “back-up”, eh?

4 years 8 months ago

Granted, Cofield hasn’t exactly been lights out, neither has Linebrink (not consistently since his Padres days).

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

YES!!!!! YES!!!!!
Braves -5 wins now
Heck, i’ll drive Linebrink over to Atlanta for you guys, I swear.

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

Okay, we’ll take him. His NL numbers are pretty good.

4 years 8 months ago

Look for Linebrink to have a bounce back year in 2011. He’s always thrived in the NL, he just didn’t seem to find his niche with the Sox.

klassic
4 years 8 months ago

His nitch with the sox was mop up duty, and he su.cked at that.

4 years 8 months ago

Yeah, he did.

roberty
4 years 8 months ago

He was very good his first year in Chicago,
3.69 ERA 1.079 WHIP 1.7 BB/9 7.8 SO/9 4.44 SO/BB in 50 appearances.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 8 months ago

He sure as hell can’t be any worse than Blaine Boyer…..

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

In other news, I heard that Scott Linebrink still plays.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 8 months ago

Is this us getting something for Linebrink, or is this Cofield guy have any promise? His minor league stats are not too flattering.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 8 months ago

He’ll be 24 in January. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind adding an arm to the farm.

$1529282
4 years 8 months ago

You get his contract (or even part of it) off the books. Be happy about that.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 8 months ago

Well that part is obviously the main part, but I want to know if this guy can make it to the major leagues and if so, what does he project as? I’m thinking backend of rotation, spot starter?

4 years 8 months ago

Honestly dude. I could care less. I’ll help a few of the fellas above with a drive to the airport.

4 years 8 months ago

He’s filler, with an outside chance of being a middle reliever. Cofield is nothing special.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 8 months ago

Gotchya, save some cash and get what ya can get.

erm016
4 years 8 months ago

enjoy. middle tier, nothing great.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

Not what I was expecting…. but we’ll see. On the other hand, who the fu*k gave this guy a 4 year deal?!

whitesoxfan424
4 years 8 months ago

Kenny is full of very good and very bad moves, and few in between. THis was a very bad one.

4 years 8 months ago

I didn’t hate it when he signed, there was no telling he’d be as bad as he ended up being, projected as a future closer. A complete fluke.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

Should have just been Linebrink for Kawakami with the Braves sending money to equal out the deal.

erm016
4 years 8 months ago

So is $56mil for Adam Dunn.

knoxfire30
4 years 8 months ago

I dont care if Cofield ever throws a pitch in the major leagues, if the braves are picking up any of linebrinks 5.5 million the whitesox just made out like freaking bandits. I would personally hire a moving service for linebrink to take him, his family, and all his stuff to atlanta, HAHAH YES!!!!!!!!! You can put that on the board, strech, mercy, bow your neck!!!!!!!!

4 years 8 months ago

Braves made out well the last time they traded for a White Sox pitcher….

Linebrick is nothing special, and the Sox are throwing in at least $1.5 million, so it’s not a bad deal. The Braves can afford it, his NL numbers are excellent, and they needed a right-handed veteran presence in the pen. Hopefully it works out for both clubs…

ImDaBaron
4 years 8 months ago

classic case of addition by subtraction. I dont care what Cofield does the thing is were off the hook for all that money.

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

This could be Javy Vazquez 2.0

Good job Frank Wren.

4 years 8 months ago

i think you forgot the “jk” at the end.

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

No. Not at all.

4 years 8 months ago

In what way? I can see this being a good deal if the White Sox pick up most of the tab and he’s not used in High Leverage situations, but going from White Sox -> Braves is the only connection I see here.

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

Umm, in that they each rocked out like stars in the NL and both sucked in the AL? Do some homework.

4 years 8 months ago

Both were better in the NL and flyball pitchers moving into a pitcher’s park in Turner Field.

firealyellon
4 years 8 months ago

i wish i could tatoo this to your forehead.

dunt
4 years 8 months ago

Dear Kenny,

This is your best offseason ever!

Sincerely,
Dunt

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

Oh, wait, there is one negative about this deal. Jake Peavy and Scott Linebrink’s bromance comes to an end. Guess Peavy has no friends now.

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

The best moves of the offseason
1. Scott Linebrink traded for this person
2. Bobby Jenks non-tendered

Adam Dunn gets an honorable mention.

4 years 8 months ago

I’m thinking with the money saved on Linebrink and Jenks a reliever signing (or three) could be on the way. Good move(s) by the White Sox. Though I think the Jenks move wasn’t either a win or a loss. Sure he was overpriced, but he was still good and many are projecting him to return to form so to speak….Wasn’t worth $9 million, but they will miss him is my take.

BravesRed
4 years 8 months ago

Um, why Wren? Could have kept Farnsworth, and Cofield, and possibly paid less than $5.5 million.

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

Frank Wren likes overpaid bums. Cofield isn’t even that good, and Farnsworth is a potential clubhouse cancer.

4 years 8 months ago

Overpaid bums? Referring to Wagner and Saito, perhaps? You do know they had historic seasons last year? What ‘overpaid bum’ are you referring to exactly?

You’re being WAY too optimistic about this deal. Cofield is nothing, and sure the Sox saved some cash, but it’s not really much of a difference maker mate.

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

I was referring to Farnsworth, sorry, wasn’t clear.

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

Not all of the details are out yet, they could be eating some of the contract. And Linebrink has much better career numbers than farnsworth.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 8 months ago

I’m hoping we sent no more than $2 mil

4 years 8 months ago

Probably wishful thinking…I’m guessing more than half of that salary, at the least.

-C

4 years 8 months ago

…and yuck.

Dollar amount was not at all what I was hoping for.

-C

4 years 8 months ago

It’s ok. Ends up that we got more than $2.5MM, per the AJC.

4 years 8 months ago

Now it’s $3.5MM, which is definitely more palatable.

$2MM for Linebrink is okay by me. Fills a need, not too expensive.

-C

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

This is my 3rd consecutive post, but the subtraction of Linestink and Fatty Jenks equals more wins than acquiring Adam Dunn!! I am more happier then I was when we signed Dunn! I have prayed for this day for so long.

rockfordone
4 years 8 months ago

Frank Wren must have been in a bar when he approved of that deal.

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah I remember a swarm of these same comments coming from ChiSox fans when they dumped Javy on us. How did that work out?

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

It gave you Melky Cabrera, Boone Logan, and Mike Dunn. Meh. I’ll believe how good Arodys Vizcaino when I see him in the major leagues. Not your typical return for a cy-young type of season. Thanks for Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge, and Jon Gilmore. Gilmore still has promise, and so does Flowers.

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

I went to high school with flowers. Now that he’s off the stuff, he’s showing his true *talent*

We got a Cy young caliber season out of Javy and got a great prospect in Vizcaino. And you are forgetting that Dunn was one of the 2 pieces used in getting Uggla. I think we made out alright.

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

He supposedly took them in 2006. He never was caught for them again, anyways, players have their off-years, however, I’m still inclined to believe that Flowers will be traded for a middle reliever.

4 years 8 months ago

I agree with Flowers being traded, the Sox don’t seem to value him but i’m sure other teams will.

4 years 8 months ago

Everyone knows that Javy Vazquez is a garbage pitcher when it comes to big games. He’ll put up stats with a losing team (ex. Atlanta). TRUST ME, sox fans NEVER missed him one bit. We all knew that once he went to the yanks he would suck and Im sure hell be a beast with the Marlins now. He’s a head case and we saved a ton of cash in that deal as well which allowed KW to add some payroll (Peavy and Rios).

4 years 8 months ago

The Braves finished 10 games above .500 with Javy, chief. The White Sox finished with a losing record. From the previous season, the Braves improved by 14 games and the Sox declined by 10 games.

If some Sox fans didn’t miss Javy one bit, they’re probably some of the dumbest Sox fans in the bunch. Vazquez certainly wasn’t the only reason for the reversal of fortunes, but to say he didn’t factor in it is pretty short-sighted.

-C

roberty
4 years 8 months ago

The Braves have had two losing seasons since 1990. The White Sox have had six. How could you consider them to be a losing team? Not so Ironically, the White Sox had a losing season in 2009 after trading Javy to the Braves. Maybe you should have kept him, he might have been great for your losing team.

4 years 8 months ago

Im not saying the White Sox did well that season but the 2008 Playoff season was almost not possible because of Javy’s inability to pitch big games. In 2009, atlanta was over .500 but were not close to being a playoff team thus no big game pressure for Javy Vazquez.

4 years 8 months ago

Dunn was a big toss-in piece for Uggla, so thanks for that.

Can’t really say how good or bad the return is until Vizcaino turns out (as well as Flowers and Gilmore), so you’re way premature there. Either way, the Braves still got one outstanding season from Vazquez, which was also worth quite a bit. Today, that trade is still strongly in our favor.

I do not see this trade as anything akin to the Vazquez trade, however. That’s optimistic thinking at its worst.

-C

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

Let me ask you this.
Did the Braves make the playoffs?

Yucavich
4 years 8 months ago

We certainly wouldn’t have even been in contention had we not had Vazquez.

8 out of 30 teams make the playoffs. It’s tough.

4 years 8 months ago

They did with Melky and Dunn!!

But seriously, your oversimplification skills are strong and your ability to look at the big picture is lacking, at least in this particular instance.

-C

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

None of those players you got will ever help Chicago get into the playoffs. I don’t think Adam Dunn can do that either. Washington never made, and they have better pitching than Chi Sox.

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

Wait, did you just say that Washington was better pitching then the White Sox, to be completely fair and unbiased, but Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, Edwin Jackson, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd beats Jordan Zimmerman,Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis, John Lannan, and possibly Brandon Webb, any day of the week.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

The may have better reputations than Washington, but lets look at the facts. Jason Marquis and Edwin Jackson have similar stats. Jake Peavey has done nothing extraordinary for 2 years now. Chi Sox have better track records, Washington has the better upsides.

4 years 8 months ago

Dude come on, Jason Marquis is not a as good of a pitcher as Edwin and it is not close. I find it very funny you think a rotation with Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis and John Lannan in it has more upside than the white sox rotation.

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

Edwin Jackson – 4-2 3.24 ERA 1.21 WHIP
John Danks – 15-11 3.72 ERA 1.22 WHIP
Gavin Floyd – 10-13 4.08 ERA 1.37 WHIP
Mark Buehrle – 13-13 4.28 ERA 1.40 WHIP
Jake Peavy – 7-6 4.63 ERA 1.23 WHIP
Not trying to make excuses, but all these guys’ records would be better if the White Sox offence didn’t suck, also, Floyd was lights out for about 12 starts straight, and was plagued by inconsistency and occasional very bad starts.
John Lannan – 8-8 4.65 ERA 1.56 WHIP
Jason Marquis – 2-9 6.60 ERA 1.70 WHIP
Jordan Zimmerman – 1-4 4.94 ERA 1.32 WHIP
Livan Hernandez – 10-12 3.63 ERA 1.32 WHIP
Luis Atilano – 6-7 5.15 ERA 1.49 WHIP

Let’s be realistic here, Jackson and Marquis did not have similar stats. White Sox have the better rotations. No questions asked.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

Records mean nothing. I like how you only showed Jacksons stats for the 1/4th of the season he spent with Chi. What you’re showing me here is that both teams have almost equally sucky pitching. I do not understand your analysis. Look at Jackson and Marquis’ lifetime statistics. 4.50is ERA’s, Marquis doesn’t strike out as many, but doesn’t walk as many. How is that NOT similar? What amkes Jackson so much better? Nothing. Nothing besides the fact that he wasn’t hurt last year.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

“Floyd was lights out for about 12 starts straight, and was plagued by inconsistency and occasional very bad starts.” The word you’re looking for is that he sucked after those 12 starts. I could use that same excuse on Tommy Hanson and make him look like a Cy Young winner, seeing as how he had a low 3 era while being “plauged” by inconsistency and the occasional bad start – including one vs the Chi Sox..

dunt
4 years 8 months ago

That’s rich!

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

Flowers was completely expendable to us, so you gain no leverage there. And we traded Logan too. Vizcaino will at least be a good trade chip in the future. If Gilmore develops into what his minors numbers say, you can have him. A light hitting, no speed strictly 3B who can’t get on base was worth 1 year of Javy. Braves won both Vazquez trades, no matter how much Melky sucked…

roberty
4 years 8 months ago

And the Braves traded Mike Dunn and their backup infielder for Dan Uggla. Worked out great for the Braves. Thanks Kenny!

the_show
4 years 8 months ago

Vazquez blows we were right

4 years 8 months ago

He posted a sub-3 ERA with the Braves.

the_show
4 years 8 months ago

and yet you let him go? He always starts of strong and then starts to suck

4 years 8 months ago

Baseball is still a business, and trading Vazquez was a smart business move. Turned out that it worked ok for us, since he lost his velocity and control with the Yankees. And those two things had nothing to do with him going to the AL.

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

He pitched a great year, how is that “starting off strong.” He got 4th in the Cy voting. I call that finishing the deal.

roberty
4 years 8 months ago

He was actually better down the stretch for the Braves. In the second half of 2009 Vasquez pitched to a 2.79 ERA with a 0.997 WHIP and 9.1 K/9. The Braves had to make a judgement call before 2010. They could keep Vasquez, or let Tim Hudson walk. They didn’t have the budget to keep both pitchers. I think they made the right move.

4 years 8 months ago

6 starters when Hudson came back … one had to go. No one wanted Kawakami, or Lowe, so only other option was Vazquez. Chipper wanted to resign him for this upcoming season, so did lots of other Braves.

We didn’t let him go b/c he was a fluke … as you insinuate.

coco1997
4 years 8 months ago

Now Kenny Williams undertakes the daunting task of re-building the Sox’ bullpen. With Jenks and Linestink out of the picture, the only reliable arms are Thornton and Santos.

4 years 8 months ago

The move back to the NL and out of US Cellular may do him some good. Turner Field is a pitcher’s park. I imagine the Sox are picking up some of Linebrink’s salary and Cofield is nothing special. Kind of a “meh” move to me with the possibility of some upside.

4 years 8 months ago

This totally negates the genius behind the Uggla deal….

4 years 8 months ago

Umm, no it doesn’t. Linebrink was much better in the NL and in pitcher’s parks.

the_show
4 years 8 months ago

Lineberink is done….don’t be mislead by his NL numbers…he is a one pitch pitcher

whitesoxfan424
4 years 8 months ago

Linebrink has turned in to Ryan Bukvich… yeah, Sox Fans, you remember him? Straightest fastball in the world, and that’s all he threw.

4 years 8 months ago

I think it all depends on what Chicago is picking up. If it is say half of his salary+ good deal for the braves but if it is less than that then I think the Braves made a risky move. I think Linebrink will be better next year in the N.L. but he is basically a 7th inning guy at best, and about a league average one at that.