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'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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  1. knoxfire30 5 years 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!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

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

          • roberty 5 years 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.

          • 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 5 years ago

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

  2. So this is Kimbrel’s “back-up”, eh?

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

  4. shysox 5 years ago

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

    • Yucavich 5 years ago

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

      • 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 5 years ago

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

        • roberty 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

  5. shysox 5 years ago

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

  6. whitesoxfan424 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

    • $1529282 5 years ago

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

      • whitesoxfan424 5 years 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?

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

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

      • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

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

    • erm016 5 years ago

      enjoy. middle tier, nothing great.

  7. Brandon Woodworth 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

      • 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 5 years ago

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

      • erm016 5 years ago

        So is $56mil for Adam Dunn.

  8. knoxfire30 5 years 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!!!!!!!!

    • 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…

  9. ImDaBaron 5 years ago

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

  10. Yucavich 5 years ago

    This could be Javy Vazquez 2.0

    Good job Frank Wren.

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

    • 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 5 years ago

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

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

    • firealyellon 5 years ago

      i wish i could tatoo this to your forehead.

  11. dunt 5 years ago

    Dear Kenny,

    This is your best offseason ever!


  12. shysox 5 years 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.

  13. shysox 5 years 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.

    • 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.

  14. BravesRed 5 years ago

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

    • shysox 5 years ago

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

      • 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 5 years ago

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

    • Yucavich 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

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


          • …and yuck.

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


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

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

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


  15. shysox 5 years 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.

  16. rockfordone 5 years ago

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

  17. Yucavich 5 years 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 5 years 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 5 years 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 5 years 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.

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

          • 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).

          • 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.


          • roberty 5 years 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.

          • 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.

      • 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.


        • shysox 5 years ago

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

          • Yucavich 5 years 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.

          • 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.


          • Brandon Woodworth 5 years 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 5 years 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 5 years 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.

          • 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 5 years 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 5 years 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 5 years 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 5 years ago

            That’s rich!

      • Brandon Woodworth 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

    • the_show 5 years ago

      Vazquez blows we were right

      • He posted a sub-3 ERA with the Braves.

        • the_show 5 years ago

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

          • 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 5 years 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 5 years 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.

          • 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.

  18. coco1997 5 years 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.

  19. 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.

  20. This totally negates the genius behind the Uggla deal….

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

      • the_show 5 years ago

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

        • whitesoxfan424 5 years 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.

      • 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.

  21. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    Maybe Cooper or the minor league pitching coaches can do something about the curveball control.

  22. Now that the joy has been expressed, the Sox now have at least 3 spots in the pen to fill. If KW managed to get out from under Linebrinks contract without paying most of it, he has a little cash to spend. He must address the pen asap before any decent arms are picked up.

    Kenny…your work is just beginning

  23. MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

    I will hold judgment until the money involved comes out.

    • MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

      Braves receive $1.5 million…Linebrink will cost the Braves $4 million.

      Judgment – Terrible waste of $4 million from the Braves.

      • bravesman218 5 years ago

        Look back at the article. Its been updated. The Sox are sending us $3.5 mil…we only owe $2 million. Best deal we were going to find for our veteran presence need.

  24. Ah, we are getting cash in the deal. Wonder how much?

  25. Thank god he is gone! He was terrible

  26. Kei_Igawa 5 years ago

    This deal should be judged on how much money the Braves are receiving. If they are getting $4 million, for example, this is low-risk moderately high reward move. Linebrinks peripherals were pretty strong and a move back to the NL could help him a lot. Its not hard to envision him being a quality 7th inning guy in Atlanta. Plus the prospect they gave up for him is clearly nothing special, so the only loss for the Braves is in the cash.

  27. BravesRed 5 years ago

    My guess for the cash is gonna be about $3.5. And, I put guess, not actual amount.

  28. There’s no way in hell the Braves are paying all, or even most of this contract. By all accounts after the Hinske signing there’s 3.5-4 million under budget. With a utility player left to be signed. This is just a veteran guy who’s going to be given a chance to compete with Proctor for that last available bullpen spot.

    • MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

      Hopefully, the Braves are sending Kawakami to Chicago as part of this trade.

  29. Antonio Nicarelli 5 years ago

    Linebrink’s 3:1 K/BB ratio is a good stat. The problem was when anybody made contact, the ball went very far very quickly. As a Sox fan I am glad for whatever salary relief we got. I don’t care if the guy from the ATL is only a water boy.

  30. knoxfire30 5 years ago

    braves fans, your missing all of our sox fans points

    linebrink could win the cy young for you guys next year we dont care, in the AL, in our park he is absolutely god awful, for the sox to trade him and get anything back in the form of money saved or an actual player with any upside, its a huge achievement

    the sox have won this deal already from their side, the braves can match it if linebrink puts in a nice season in 2011

    • Yucavich 5 years ago

      Well maybe you should stop acquiring pitchers that suck in your park.

    • Yucavich 5 years ago

      He was awful at Cellular you’re right about that. Just checked his splits over the last couple years.

    • Yucavich 5 years ago

      And no, we’re not all missing your points. I get that it helps you that he’s gone from your team. I was mainly speaking about the posters who are treating Linebrink like an old sweaty jock strap.

      I think it’s a win/win for both sides.

      • As much as I hated seeing Linebrink come trotting in from the bullpen, you are absolutely right. If the Sox managed to save a couple of million thats a win from their perspective. Linebrink may flourish for the Braves and in the NL, and having that possibility at a price that may be very affordable is a win for the Braves.

    • JonATLBraves 5 years ago

      Every Sox fan is forgetting about Fair Value / FMV. It’s what a willing buyer wants to pay based on their evaluation of an asset. The Braves value Linebrink highly in a pitcher’s park, at $2M plus a mid-level prospect who is a AAA/AAAA guy. For example the Padres probably would have done the same, since the end-result is placing a pitcher into the NL, pitcher-friendly park. If Kyle Farnsworth gets paid more from the Royals with similar stats, then this is considered receiving great value by the Braves to fill a HUGE need. If he has a stand-out year and becomes a Type A or even just a Type B, the reliever FA deals this Winter show the Braves could recoup some draft picks, by offering arbitration… There’s potential, future value at the end of the day!

  31. nugg1785 5 years ago


    GO SOX GO!!!@

  32. Hey, I’d be willing to send Kawakami for a week old sushi roll

  33. 1.5M for the Braves via Bowman

  34. BravesRed 5 years ago

    $1.5 million will be sent.

  35. This is one of Wren’s moves that makes people go “HUH?” then we’ll get production out of the player (see: EOF)

    He must know something. . .
    Still $4M is a pretty price. . .

    • klassic 5 years ago

      Sox save 4 million on a pitcher no one wanted to see in a game ever. I mean ever. Even if we had a 7 run lead you hated to see this guy come in and pitch. That 4 million saved just paid for AJ for this year.

      • Haha, yay! AJ, who’s in decline and coming off a terrible season. Thank god….

        • klassic 5 years ago

          Yeah AJ who is a leader in the clubhouse and handles the pitching staff very well. Not like the options on the free agent market were significantly better than AJ. And the Sox have no catchers ready to step in at ML level. That includes Flowers.

        • jwsox 5 years ago

          but had a stellar second half of last season, knows our pitching staff like the back of his hand and a solid left handed bat, he had a slow start thats all…calm down bro…besides he might see more time split with the power machine castro this season

  36. knoxfire30 5 years ago

    Wow 4 million off the books and linebrink gone!!!!!!!!! Well done Kenny!!!!!!!!!! This makes me believe maybe we can move Mark Teahen now for a bag of balls and some salary relief!

    • jwsox 5 years ago

      that would make this the single best whitesox off season ever even if we dont resign konerko

    • Matrix9381 5 years ago

      nope. Sox sending Linebrink AND 3.5 million to the Braves. Braves are spending 2 million on him. Sox paying the rest

  37. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    Sox officially won this trade, regardless of what Linebrink does in Atlanta. To be able to free up $4mil by trading away a guy who just couldn’t consistently get the job done at our park is a huge win.

    • People are concerned too much about ‘who won trades.’ The White Sox needed cash, the Braves needed a veteran right-handed presence in the pen. Both teams received those things….

      Again, hopefully it works out for both clubs. The Braves will move Kawakami for salary relief, so they’ll still have some flexibility to make a trade or another low-cost signing(4th outfielder, perhaps).

      • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

        I would agree to that completely.

        The sox obviously got what they wanted with this trade if the $1.5 mil cash going to atlanta is true. And as you said the Braves got exactly what they needed, another right-handed presence. Linebrink does show great stuff sometimes, he just became way too unreliable/inconcsistent. Hopefully you’ll have more of the former.

        • Matrix9381 5 years ago

          guys, maybe I’m reading this wrong but the statement says the Braves are getting Linebrink AND 3.5 million. does anyone else see that? or am I missreading again? Which means the Braves are actually paying Linebrink what about 2 mil? correct? Sounds to me in a way the Braves did OK in this trade. REMINDER: I said OK.. Now we need to get rid of KK and free up about 3 million more if the team will take some of his contract.

          • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

            Your post was 8 hours after theres. At that time it was believed to be 1.5 mil and not the actual 3.5 mil.

          • Matrix9381 5 years ago

            OH, OK. sorry

          • Matrix9381 5 years ago

            OH, OK. sorry

          • Matrix9381 5 years ago

            OH, OK. sorry

    • Matrix9381 5 years ago

      they didnt free up 4 million. They freed up .5 million. They are sending Linebrink and 3.5 million to the Braves! Woohoo.. Score for the Bravos!

  38. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    Also, I agree that Turner Field is a pitcher’s park, but most of Linebrink’s homeruns weren’t cheapies… they were crushed.

    • 9 Plenty’s
      2 Just Enough
      0 No Doubters

      …in 2010

      • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

        I don’t know if you’re making fun of me or not, but well played.

        • Guessing that’s the data on the HRs Linebrink gave up…

          In other words, two were unlikely to go out at Turner, nine are certain HRs, and no ball was absolutely crushed.

          OT: The amount of data you can find about any aspect of baseball continues to boggle my mind…there’s so much out there, if you know where to look and if you’re willing to pay for it.


  39. MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

    Hey Ben,
    You can take out the sentence “It’s not clear how much cash the White Sox are sending the Braves.” now, since you added that they will send $1.5 million.

  40. Joey Doughnuts 5 years ago


    White Sox Nation

  41. The way I look at it, the Braves probably overpaid by $1 or $1.5 million. Surely an NL club would’ve signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal if he were on the open market. So it’s really not that big of a deal, Wren seems to think the Braves can afford it.

    Got a durable set-up man. The pen is very young, so they needed a veteran in there. Slightly overpaying one isn’t going to break them.

  42. nugg1785 5 years ago

    1.5 sent with Linebrink, for a minor league flier, 4 mil off the books and his 93 mph fastball along with his awful splitter that just sits there to be CRUSHED!!! As my main man hawk would say……HE GONE!!!!!

    • Please never again speak of your horrid, horrid announcers. They are universally recognized as the most annoying idiots to ever sit in the booth, Hawk especially.

      • lolpods 5 years ago

        steve stone is universally respected. and there’s a difference to being stupid and being over-opinionated.

    • Matrix9381 5 years ago

      hate to burst your bubble there but the sox are sending Linebrink AND 3.5 million. not 1.5 million

  43. Greg Smith 5 years ago

    Braves fans, have some trust in our scouts. They continue to bring in talent in creative ways. They surely saw something in Linebrink that they liked. 4 mil for a veteran reliever isn’t so bad. Let the deal play out. I see both sides of the argument.

  44. It’s not clear how much cash the White Sox is sending to the Braves? Am I blind, or is that $1.5 million you mentioned the answer to your own question, Ben?

  45. NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

    Frank Wren has…
    Made away like a bandit in trading for Dan Uggla…
    Resigned Eric Hinske…
    Claimed a decent versatile bench bat..
    Tried his best to keep Billy Wagner from retiring…
    Traded away Urinal Escobar and Joke-Joke Reyes…
    Traded nothing for Derrick Lee…
    all in the past 7 months!!!!! He’s gotta have a burp somewhere doesn’t he? And this isn’t even all that bad, Linebrink has been good in NL pitchers parks and the NL is chock full of them. Cofield has some promise yes but I like this deal, especially since KennyWil is sending us 1.5 mil along with it.

    • As a Braves fan, I agree with a lot of that. However….

      ‘traded away Urinal Escobar and Joke-Joke Reyes…’

      Escobar has a ton of promise, and is better defensively and offensively(despite a poor year) than Alex Gonzalez. I fully expect Escobar to be an annual GG and All-Star candidate in the AL. Not a fan of that trade, but I do trust the front-office enough and am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on exactly how much of a cancer Escobar was.

      And they actually gave up a promising arm for Lee. He likely projects to be a back-end starter, but I loved the deal. No way the Braves make the playoffs without Lee’s bat in that final month and a half.

    • Kudos on “Joke-Joke Reyes”

    • Matrix9381 5 years ago

      Actually the sox are sending us 3.5 million along with Linebrink.. so we are actually paying Linebrink 2 million.

      • Yucavich 5 years ago

        Dude….enough. I’ve seen you post this like 5 other times. We all found out about 12 hours ago.

        • Matrix9381 5 years ago

          Dude… I wasnt even responding to you. I’m just making sure EVERYONE knows. Just look over my post. Cause I’m going to do it EVERYTIME.

        • Matrix9381 5 years ago

          Dude… I wasnt even responding to you. I’m just making sure EVERYONE knows. Just look over my post. Cause I’m going to do it EVERYTIME.

  46. O971 5 years ago

    Hard to believe Wren couldn’t get them to eat more of that salary. I wonder why we couldn’t have thrown 4 Mil at one of the other relievers out there. Hopefully it’ll work out and Linebrink can regain some of that NL magic, but I’m not exactly hopeful. At the moment it looks like a win for the Sox.

    Edit: 3.5 Million makes this look better.

  47. Joey 5 years ago

    Sox are sending $1.5M of the $5.5M owed to Linebrink.

    • Matrix9381 5 years ago

      Sox are sending Linebrink AND 3.5 Million to the Braves. So we pay 2 million to Li,nebrink. Score for the Bravos!

  48. jwsox 5 years ago

    this has to rank in the top 5 off seasons, at least, of all time for the whitesox…the got adam dunn, aj back at a discount, possibly resigned konerko, and got rid of linebrink…..thank god!! kenny is a god among men….now just reign putz, sign another lefty reliever, either sign carrasco or call up a guy to be long relief, and either lock konerko up or trade floyd+vicedio+ prospects for adrian….possibly sign carlos pena if needed

  49. Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

    Big win for the Sox, this pays AJs new contract with the team. With the old contracts of Konerko 12MM, AJ’s 6.5MM, Jenks 7.5MM off the books, they can still afford to bring back Konerko even if after signing Dunn. THAT is a scary lineup.


    • klassic 5 years ago

      KW just said in the press conference that Dunn and AJ are taking less money now to help the sox resign Konerko.

      • Yeah, I’m sure that Adam Dunn is incredibly interested in giving up salary to keep the better-fielding guy who plays his position (and Dunn wants to play defense rather than DH) on the team.


  50. Really don’t see an issue with this. $4MM/year for the potential that Linebrink has shown in the past seems like a moderate risk at worst. I didn’t like it a lot last year when we signed Saito to his 1 year 3.2MM (5.5MM total worth including incentives). Saito couldn’t pitch multiple days in a row without being a disaster. Linebrink brings another veteran presence (in a bullpen that’s likely to include Kimbrel, Beachy, Venters, etc). This is a young pen & it would be foolish to not have anyone with true major league experience outside of Moylan and EOF. I’ll pay $4MM for that any day, assuming Linebrink can revert to half of his San Diego form.

  51. myname_989 5 years ago

    The Braves are going to pay $4MM for Linebrink? Why? He’s 34 now and hasn’t had a good season since 2006. At the very least, I think the Braves could have done better than only getting $1.5MM for him. His numbers may come down a bit, but he’ll never have another season like he did with the Padres.

    • No, they’re going to pay closer to $2 million……which is less than he’d get on the open market. So, it looks like a bargain… crazy as that seems.

  52. Who do you think the Sox will sign or trade for the bullpen?

    I think KW re-signs Putz with the 4M, and then goes after Will Ohman for lefty support. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Jesse Crain in a Sox uniform if Putz is not available. He’s Type B I believe. I am also under the assumption that Konerko is as good as back, can’t picture him on any other team.

  53. Braves are actually getting more than $2.5MM in the deal. link to

  54. Per Dave O’Brien’s Twitter, the Braves are actually acquiring more than $2.5MM in the deal.

    • And a Chicago-area writer is saying $3.5MM

    • Haha, yep. They sent at least $2.5 million, probably closer to $3 million. I wonder if the Sox fans out there jumping for joy because they thought they freed up $4 million will stop once they find out they saved only 2.5 million? If so, you’re all morons because $1.5 million isn’t going to make much of a difference regardless.

      • lolpods 5 years ago

        yeah, except it does. linebrink was horrible and thought untradeable. until now anyway.

  55. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    oh jeez, dan kolb and bob wickman got together and made a kid?

    • Linebrick definitely won’t be closing next year unless both Kimbrel and Venters either completely suck or go down with injuries. And even then the spot may go to O’Flaherty….

  56. $2 mil for a veteran right hander who will once again thrive in the NL, and more importantly, under the direction of the Braves? SCORE! Sorry Sox fans, this isn’t as sweet a deal as you thought, and KW is no messiah. The best move he could have made was the rumored Ozzie Guillen to FL swap. Oh and throw in the announcers while you’re at it, Kenny. That’s the only way the Sox would ever win a trade!

    Edit: Where all the Sox homers now? Talking trash about how the Sox made out like bandits? Chirp…chirp…

  57. bravos2010 5 years ago

    If sox fans really want to see a bad pitcher, they can have Kawakami.

  58. Ok, now I’m hearing the Braves got $3.5 million….

  59. $3.5 million goin from the Sox to the Braves? Yet another Kenny Williams FAIL, and Frank Wren WIN!!!!!

  60. bobrewer 5 years ago

    David O’Brien of the AJC is reporting the Braves will receive $3.5M in the deal. This makes the deal a whole lot better looking from the Braves’ side. Way to go, Frank Wren.

    • MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago


      • coolstorybro222 5 years ago

        Nice, now we can go after a moderately priced right handed outfielder

        • MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

          We only have two spots left on the 25 man roster. Utility INF and 4th OF.

          My ideal answer to this – Brendan Ryan and Jose Tabata.

          Ryan would come fairly cheaply.

          Tabata would be more expensive, but with Pittsburgh’s need for pitching, I think we could build a trade around Beachy for him.

          • DK8 5 years ago

            The Braves should sign Scott Harston as a 4th OF. He’s RH, has some pop and can play center (probably better than McLouth). Oh yeah, and prior to last yeah he has mashed LH pitching. So he’s Matt Diaz with better defense and can play all 3 OF spots competently, and pretty well in the corners–sounds like just what the Braves need.

          • Just resigned Hinske and have Joe Mather claimed off waivers. Hinske will be our 4th outfielder and Mather is Utility ( said he can play both corner OF and IF spots). I think positions are set, bullpen is looking to be sured up now.

        • MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

          We only have two spots left on the 25 man roster. Utility INF and 4th OF.

          My ideal answer to this – Brendan Ryan and Jose Tabata.

          Ryan would come fairly cheaply.

          Tabata would be more expensive, but with Pittsburgh’s need for pitching, I think we could build a trade around Beachy for him.

      • coolstorybro222 5 years ago

        Nice, now we can go after a moderately priced right handed outfielder

    • BravesAndTigers 5 years ago

      I’ve heard 1.5 and 3.5. If it’s 1.5, this is a bit of a risk for my Braves. If it’s 3.5, I’ll take a guy like Linebrink at 2 mil any day.

      Either way, I’ll trust Wren on this one.

    • BravesAndTigers 5 years ago

      I’ve heard 1.5 and 3.5. If it’s 1.5, this is a bit of a risk for my Braves. If it’s 3.5, I’ll take a guy like Linebrink at 2 mil any day.

      Either way, I’ll trust Wren on this one.

  61. JonATLBraves 5 years ago

    Every Sox fan is forgetting about Fair Value / FMV. It’s what a willing buyer wants to pay based on their evaluation of an asset. The Braves value Linebrink highly in a pitcher’s park, at $2M plus a mid-level prospect who is a AAA/AAAA guy. For example the Padres probably would have done the same, since the end-result is placing a pitcher into the NL, pitcher-friendly park. If Kyle Farnsworth gets paid more from the Royals with similar stats, then this is considered receiving great value by the Braves to fill a HUGE need. If he has a stand-out year and becomes a Type A or even just a Type B, the reliever FA deals this Winter show the Braves could recoup some draft picks, by offering arbitration… There’s potential, future value at the end of the day!

  62. ImDaBaron 5 years ago

    Useful? The fact that were all surprised we got anything for him should tell you all you need

  63. Yucavich 5 years ago

    I remember this exact swarm of comments from ChiSox fans when Javy was traded too. Frank Wren is not an idiot.

  64. shysox 5 years ago

    I meant the year Vazquez was with the Braves, not this year. Pretty much everyone else can clearly interpret that with ease.

  65. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    he makes boog look like stephen hawking

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