Braves Acquire Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm

The Cubs have traded left-hander Paul Maholm, outfielder Reed Johnson and cash considerations to the Braves in a four-player trade that provides Atlanta with reinforcements for the season's final two months and bolsters Chicago's minor league system. The Cubs obtain right-handers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino in the trade, which the teams have announced. 

Paul Maholm - Cubs (PW)

Maholm has a 3.74 ERA with 6.1 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and a 49.9% ground ball rate in 120 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year. The 30-year-old has never thrown particularly hard; his average fastball checks in at 87.6 mph this year, according to FanGraphs. He earns a $4.75MM salary in 2012 and his contract includes a $6.5MM club option for 2013. The Royals and Pirates appeared to have interest in Maholm earlier this month.

Johnson, 35, has a .307/.361/.452 batting line in 180 plate appearances this year. The right-handed hitter has played all three outfield positions for the Cubs and owns a career .313/.370/.469 line against left-handed pitching. He's signed to a one-year, $1.15MM contract and will hit free agency after the season. Four teams made offers for Johnson today, including the Pirates and Tigers, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com.

Vizcaino, who entered the 2012 season ranked by Baseball America as the 40th-best prospect in MLB, had Tommy John surgery this spring. The 21-year-old posted a 3.06 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 97 innings for three Braves affiliates as he made his way through Atlanta's minor league system in 2011. The right-hander reached the Major Leagues last year, posting a 4.67 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 17 relief appearances.

Chapman, a 25-year-old right-hander, has a 3.52 ERA with 10.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 53 2/3 innings of relief for Atlanta's Triple-A team so far in 2012. The Braves selected him in the 16th round of the 2005 draft.

Maholm joins a Braves rotation that includes Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Mike Minor, Ben Sheets and, as of tomorrow, Kris Medlen. The Braves nearly traded for Ryan Dempster this month, but the sides don't appear to have obtained the right-hander's permission. 

Geovany Soto has been traded to the Rangers in a separate move.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported that Johnson had been traded (on Twitter). Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports first reported Maholm's role in the trade and first reported that the Braves were the other team involved (Twitter link). ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick first reported that the Cubs were getting two minor league pitchers, including Chapman. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Cubs were getting Vizcaino. Photo courtesy of US Presswire.


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339 Comments on "Braves Acquire Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm"


East Coast Bias
3 years 1 month ago

Looks like Reed and Soto are both gone.

ROR1997
3 years 1 month ago

Soto is gone too. I say mets

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

Hope it’s the Nats

streicher
3 years 1 month ago

Now Soto has been pulled from the game and is giving hugs and shaking hands.. looks like he is no longer a cub also

KBaseball1231
3 years 1 month ago

saw this on MLB network. hope the Cubs get good prospects.

BlueCatuli
3 years 1 month ago

Not for bench players.

tredglx
3 years 1 month ago

They won’t – they’re known for blowing trades. And games.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

the cubs????

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

if anythiing it will be a C level highA pitcher who has no future in his current teams plans, might be a “project” type of player, more than likely he will never put on a cubs jersey, at least not a chicago cubs jersey, might put on an Iowa cubs

baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Mystery team strikes again!

mmiller54
3 years 1 month ago

Yay!

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

correction, mystery team didnt have the prospect Jed wanted, Unknown team stepped in at the last minute

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

Looking like Detroit…..

3 years 1 month ago

expos, clearly the expos

3 years 1 month ago

I wonder if Ryan Dempster will veto this trade too.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Perfect since it’s apparently the Braves.

TheFallenSoldier
3 years 1 month ago

lol

gregdiehardbravesfan
3 years 1 month ago

Haha….he crying now

sdsuphilip
3 years 1 month ago

I remember when I thought Soto would be one of the premier catchers in the game, what happened?

3 years 1 month ago

He learned to read and noticed his jersey said “Cubs” … /rimshot

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

He found out the the league tests for steroids more than the minor leagues do so he stopped after 08

3 years 1 month ago

its probably soto to the mets and reed to the giants so they can get on a plane together and head to sf

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

that would actually be really funny

TyMxx
3 years 1 month ago

Giants maybe?

throwitback85
3 years 1 month ago

And now Ryan Dempster is hugging himself.

3 years 1 month ago

lol

RiosFan
3 years 1 month ago

White Sox

Brad
3 years 1 month ago

Don’t scare me.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

honestly a solid trade for the sox, they could use another back up outfielder to pair with Danks, and we have plenty of C level guys the bench players tend to go for

DT Flush234
3 years 1 month ago

Cubs top prospect Jackson getting called who just got pulled from the game in Iowa.

SFrush90
3 years 1 month ago

Told #Cubs have made separate deals with Soto and Johnson

– Ken Rosenthal

DT Flush234
3 years 1 month ago

Cardinals

wwy
3 years 1 month ago

I was thinking that too. Tyler Greene for Reed Johnson?

Financial Uproar
3 years 1 month ago

Wait. Reed Johnson is still alive? And in the big leagues? Well how about that.

Jake Willock
3 years 1 month ago

Not doing too bad either. He has .307/.361/.452 batting line in 180 plate appearances this year.

3 years 1 month ago

Dempster has apparently approved trades this evening for both Soto & Johnson.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

someone has no funny bone, there are a bunch of negs on the funny/ dont take me seriously comments…

gregdiehardbravesfan
3 years 1 month ago

he is watching everybody leave……..WREN thanks for not waiting on dempster cause we got the better trade this time….

3 years 1 month ago

This is easy. Just find out who he got traded for, then look up which team that player plays for.

3 years 1 month ago

Or see what dugout he ends up in tomorrow night.

3 years 1 month ago

Would be a nice fit for the Bucs

mgsports
3 years 1 month ago

David D.Jeff Baker,Paul Maholm,LeHair next to get pulled from Game.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

David, Baker,Paul yes LaHair doubt it, he is cheap and his stock is pretty low right now, plus he is playing the outfield just fine for the cubs to keep him