Matt Thornton-Braves Rumor Shot Down

1:53pm: This rumor is bogus, tweets O'Brien.

1:37pm: A potential trade of White Sox lefty reliever Matt Thornton to the Braves is picking up steam, tweets Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.  However, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says this one's not happening.

Thornton, 35, posted a 3.32 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 0.45 HR/9, and 48.8% groundball rate in 59 2/3 innings for the White Sox this year.  He's owed $12MM through 2013 on an extension signed in March.  It's unclear whether Sox GM Kenny Williams would further deplete his bullpen depth after trading Sergio Santos to Toronto today, but relievers generally aren't crucial to a rebuilding effort.


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89 Comments on "Matt Thornton-Braves Rumor Shot Down"


3 years 8 months ago

okay….

HTF
3 years 8 months ago

Doesn’t make sense. Has to be a precursor to another deal or part of a bigger deal. 

Now is the time to trade Venters. He’s been worked more than a single mom with 3 jobs. 

Michael Brown
3 years 8 months ago

But O’Flaherty is the one due for a raise.  Venters is still making league minimum 

Brv Rocks
3 years 8 months ago

I agree.  This rumor makes little or no sense unless the Braves plan to flip him in a separate trade for a shortstop or back-up centerfielder.  The Braves have extremely limited financial resources and they are considering using a big chunk of it for a reliever????? 

The only other thing that could make sense is if they already have a deal in place to trade Jurrjens and need to move Medlen back into the starting rotation.

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

You may have just hit the nail on the head .

3 years 8 months ago

This makes no sense.  Braves are loaded with very good, cheap relievers.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Love it. Thornton is a veteran presence that actually has talent unlike Linebrink.

Curtis Main
3 years 8 months ago

This would have been a horrible move. Your knowledge on baseball is questionable at best.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

How is trading for a veteran reliever that will probably have some eaten salary a bad thing? And don’t call my knowledge questionable. My knowledge is just as good as any other person that isn’t involved with the MLB.

I_Like_Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t believe Williams will pay for any of Thornton’s contract if and when he trades him. Thornton makes about what he deserves and if I was in Kenny’s shoes as a GM, I wouldn’t pay for any players that I trade since I’m rebuilding. Other than that, he IS pretty valuable. (Like what you said at the end of your last post in response by the way) 

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Thank you

Michael Brown
3 years 8 months ago

If true, Wren has another deal in the works.  This essentially means that one of Venters or Eric is on the block in said deal.

bravessfan2013
3 years 8 months ago

MOST LIKELY O’FLAHERTY OR MOYLAN SINCE THEY ARE BOTH ARB ELIGIBLE

Michael Brown
3 years 8 months ago

Even though this rumor is squashed. I doubt anyone trades for a rehabbing Moylan.

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

Really ? The guy has a career 2.60ERA , is 19-9 , 0.5 HR/9 , 7.2 K/9 . If the Braves were to want to trade him , they would get a few calls .

3 years 8 months ago

not one bit.  I can guarantee that Wren considers them about 95% untouchable.  With the performances they have given, I wouldn’t blame him.  No, if some deal gets done, it will be for prospects as the Whitsox will be in rebuilding mode.

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

Wren also said that any deal is possible to improve to them . I can guarantee that also .

3 years 8 months ago

well throw in Carlos and make the return worth it at least

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

I read the report and thought to myself that he (Quinten) may be a part of this deal and just not mentioned .

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

notsureifsrs aint gonna like this one bit!

3 years 8 months ago

This is a DUMB DUMB move on the part of both parties. Kenny Williams is dumb to move a great arm like Thornton. Plus the Braves need a RIGHT arm in the pen, OH they already got one….

Joey
3 years 8 months ago

I would argue its dumb to keep an asset like Thornton, and his $6M salary when your in full rebuild mode and looking to acquire young talent.  Why keep him, to turn your 75 win team in 77 wins, for what.  If they are going to trade Santos for prospects then they will do the same for Flloyd, Danks, CQ, etc.  This is what a rebuild is, move the pieces that wont help you win in a couple years, get some salary relief, get some young talent here, and go from there.  And frankly I dont understand why guys like you and people on message boards are so afraid of this.  All team go through rebuilding periods, this is KW first in 12 years and your moaning like a little kid whose favorite player got traded.  This is professional sports, lose the emotional attachments and see things like an adult.  Thornton is a valuable commodity that has little use on a rebuilding 75 win Sox team, get what you can while you can get it and move on.  PERIOD!

3 years 8 months ago

HAHA Im not even a Sox fan, Im a huge Braves fan. So what if your rebuilding. Dont trade your Vets for just prospects. Its KW fault he gave all that money to the Lefty. If this trade is true and the Braves get him, it wont be just Thornton, carlos is coming too, if not him than Rameriez is…

I_Like_Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

you’re missing the whole point of “rebuilding”….

3 years 8 months ago

Wren worried that O’Vembrel is overworked? Not really sure why the Braves would need to give up anything of worth to shore up their bullpen, and Thornton is worth something certainly. Very weird.

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

Hahah O’Vembrel. I love this website.

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

that has been around since forever

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

it’s O’Ventbrel

3 years 8 months ago

Kimbrel earned an extra two letters when he won ROY.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

ah, good point

coolstorybro222
3 years 8 months ago

They ARE OVERWORKED. Fredi keeps pitching them everday. we need a guy that can take a good amount of their workload off their shoulders. 

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

A better offense would do just that .

3 years 8 months ago

he could really help carry some of the workload at the back of our bullpen. Thornton,  oflahrety, venter, and kimbrel are all really solid. But this isn’t really a need, and he’s not cheap. hmmm

3 years 8 months ago

Odd to go for ANOTHER bullpen arm (and a lefty at that), but if the cost isn’t high then I’d be a happy guy if it happens.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

They must have left out the part where this is a package deal with Quentin included as well…

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

I would agree . There has to be something more to this .

3 years 8 months ago

………………why? 

coolstorybro222
3 years 8 months ago

Hey Wren, why not bring up Quentin if you keep talking to Williams. 

3 years 8 months ago

seems odd for both sides depending on who else is involved.  Could be a Quinten deal but they are keeping that part quiet, never know this time of year

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

dammit boston

hey braves, want jed lowrie for thornton? eh? eh? fine

bbxxj
3 years 8 months ago

Kimbrel
Venters
Thornton
O’Flaherty
Vizcaino
Moylan
Medlen

…filthy

3 years 8 months ago

dude that is ridiculously filthy

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Moylan out for a bit. Put Varvaro, Gearrin, C. Martinez or Hoover in there

MLB_in_the_Know
3 years 8 months ago

I am a big fan of Thornton and have long believed he would be a great addition to the Braves bullpen, that being said, the White Sox better be picking up a big part of his tab if we are trading for him. 

3 years 8 months ago

So exciting, I wonder if there are any other white Sox players in the deal!!!!!!!!!

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Alexi Ramirez

JunKim
3 years 8 months ago

Quentin and Thornton both good amount of salary eaten by White Sox, for Minor and Delgado.  

Brv Rocks
3 years 8 months ago

Uh, no!!  Two top young pitchers for a rental player and a relief pitcher??  Dream on.

JunKim
3 years 8 months ago

Fine then.. enjoy 7man pitching rotation with 3rd place in NL East.

3 years 8 months ago

^^^^That guy is clueless! 3rd in the NL East?? how So?? Maybe 1st! Dont hop on the Miami team just yet, the just signed an injury prone player to a 100+ contract! Yep there goes your wiggle room when they need it. Phillies are getting old, Howard will never be the same again, plus he wont play until May or June. 7 man rotation? Really? DO you watch baseball?? Minor may be on the move if any pitch besides JJ is, Delgado isnt goting anywhere. the only thing i agree with you on is that the Sox will be eating salary if he is moved

Brv Rocks
3 years 8 months ago

Fine then…..enjoy last place in the AL Central. 

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

Ozzie Guillen , is that you ?

atlbravosfan11
3 years 8 months ago

No

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

Quentin and Thorton for Jurrjens , Matt Diaz , O’Flaherty ?