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"


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

okay….

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HTF
3 years 7 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. 

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Michael Brown
3 years 7 months ago

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

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Brv Rocks
3 years 7 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.

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bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

You may have just hit the nail on the head .

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

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

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NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

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

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Curtis Main
3 years 7 months ago

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

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NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 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.

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I_Like_Baseball
3 years 7 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) 

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NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Thank you

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Michael Brown
3 years 7 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.

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bravessfan2013
3 years 7 months ago

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

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Michael Brown
3 years 7 months ago

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

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bravesdude
3 years 7 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 .

Guest
3 years 7 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.

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bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

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