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.


339 Responses to Braves Acquire Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm Leave a Reply

  1. nm344 3 years ago

    Vizcaino.. Braves got fleeced.

    • You’ve got to give to get.

    • Defiancy 3 years ago

      An injured high ceiling prospect and a career minor leaguer for a back end rotation guy and a solid backup OFer? That’s not really getting fleeced.

  2. highway robbery

  3. Rosethal also says to watch for Cubs and Reds to make Garza deal. Very interesting.

  4. Aden Dannawi 3 years ago

    Terrible trade by the Braves. Viz was a top prospect before he was hurt.

    • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

      Can’t get guys for free. Viz has a great upside and could have been a great 7th inning guy for us, but he has TJ before even getting the the Majors and could be a starter for the Cubs. Wouldn’t say terrible trade, wouldn’t say great.

      • I agree with you, this is a great trade, but Viz did already pitch in the Majors… last September (August too, IIRC)…. he had a chance to join pen this year if not for injury

  5. tomymogo 3 years ago

    Arodys Vizcaino is a good one, possible closer, just get him healthy…that one hurts but Maholm and Johnson are not bad players, and Arodys had TJ surgery this year

    • nm344 3 years ago

      So what? TJ success is like 95% these days. Just gave up 5.5 years of a guy with top-end stuff for a rental bench bat and #5 starter who will cost 6 million next season.

      • tomymogo 3 years ago

        It’s still a risk, the question is will he be a starter or reliever, he has good stuff but he isn’t a sure thing even if healthy

  6. throwitback85 3 years ago

    Nice work, Cubs brass. That’s a solid return.

    • Jake Willock 3 years ago

      Agreed, Vizcaino has been injured a few times, but he is only 21 and his stuff is good. Was 97 on baseball prospectus’ top 100 prospects in 2011 until he got hurt,

      • PsiPhiDan 3 years ago

        Apparently he was 40th coming into this year, which is pretty impressive! Top 50 prospect for Johnson and Maholm? Good deal!

  7. Jay212033 3 years ago

    Wow Vizcaino! I like Vizzy but I’m just glad we didn’t trade Graham!

  8. Eric Foster 3 years ago

    Vizcaino?! Seriously?
    Jed pulled a rabbit out of his hat, there.

    • cubs223425 3 years ago

      We’ll see on that. I wonder if they’re going to use him as a starter or a reliever. If it’s as a reliever, it’s nothing special, but if he’s able to come back and start, this might end up than the failed Dempster trade.

  9. California_RedBirds 3 years ago

    Wow the Braves traded Vizcaino? Lucky for them that the dempster deal didn’t go down or that would’ve been adios Delgado too, making it two of their top pitching prospects to the cubs.

    • throwitback85 3 years ago

      Um…I’m sure this deal wouldn’t have gone down had they acquired Dempster.

    • rikersbeard 3 years ago

      presumably they were only going to do one or the other.

    • nm344 3 years ago

      Pretty sure it was going to be just one or the other

    • cubs223425 3 years ago

      If they had gotten Dempster, they wouldn’t have gotten Maholm.

    • Jake Willock 3 years ago

      Echo echo echo

  10. Vizcaino hate to lose him but needed the depth this year. Next year once Beachy gets back Malholm will be most likely be swapped out for prospects if not even dealt in the offseason. The Braves have a stable of arms and could afford this type of trade.

  11. Kelevra 3 years ago

    why does one team have to get fleeced…good move by wren getting solid major leaguers who fill big holes…good move by the cubs getting viz who has real potential if he comes back from his injury

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      I’m a Cardinals fan and I don’t want to compliment anything the Cubs do….but this is a HUGE win for the Cubs.

      • Agreed they got two solid pitchers for two guys that are solid but not top prospect worthy in regards to a trade. Good haul for the Cubs. My thing is though is that the Braves yet again need to make a big move for like a starter and don’t do it again lol. Stuff like that is the reason they don’t get far in the playoffs because they are clinging to much to prospects and not trying to build a winner now.

        • rundmc1981 3 years ago

          Not trying to build a winner now? Open your eyes. That’s what this trade is about. We get one of the top bench players in the league (Reed Johnson) that’ll allow Prado to 3B to fill in for Chipper if anything happens and Maholm can be a steady innings-eater that can allow Medlen to go back to middle relief, if so they choose. Maholm is one of the 6 best starters in July and while he’s trending up, the man we didn’t get – Dempster – is trending down.

          You say, once again, we didn’t make a big move, but this move – like getting Bourn from HOU without giving up any top prospects – is major. Sorry you don’t see that. We’ve added depth, which is absolute for going deeper into the playoffs. And all we gave up are 2 RPs with high upside. This trade was for right now, but because Maholm has an option for 2013, we can pick it up if we absolutely have to. We have an option if for some reason Delgado, Minor, Medlen, etc. aren’t ready for next season.

      • laffingrass 3 years ago

        Not a HUGE win, but a decent trade. Each team got what they were looking for.

        Perfect trade in that respect.

  12. Spruill,Chapman, and some other pitcher would have gotten it done easy

  13. ultimaparadox 3 years ago

    Theo fleeced Wren again… good thing Dempster blocked the first mistake. Still
    Arodys Vizcaino for Maholm is kinda crazy. Guy has like a 4.11/4.19 FIP/XFIP this year

  14. I hope Wren was able to get some cash back in the deal for Maholm’s salary, considering he gave up Vizzy

  15. Goat_Rider 3 years ago

    Wow. Maybe Theo/Hoyer actually know what they are doing! This just may be a better return, relatively speaking, than the Demp/Delgado fiasco.

  16. jb226 3 years ago

    Nice for the Cubs to get Vizcaino out of this. Who can tell me something about Chapman?

    • Career minor leaguer. This trade was basically Johnson and Malholm for Vizcaino with Chapman just being thrown in.

    • middle reliever at best

    • Jay212033 3 years ago

      Very good FB can reach mid 90s but sits 90-92 but his CB is very inconsistent.

    • ultimaparadox 3 years ago

      Career minor leaguer with high KS and high BBs. Middle relief at best. Viz is a great return for just two average MLBers like Maholm and Reed

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      chapman = live arm, high k rates, but walk prone. 5 year minor leaguer would project as a bullpen arm.

    • Goat_Rider 3 years ago

      Also-ran in Braves prospect rankings the last two years. Somewhere in the 25 to 40 range. Probably closer to #40.

  17. Chris 3 years ago

    This was a good trade. Wren DID NOT get fleeced. Have to give a little to get a little.

    • nm344 3 years ago

      Got a little.. Gave up not so little.

      • Defiancy 3 years ago

        He really didn’t give up anymore than he got. It’s a good trade for both teams.

  18. nm344 3 years ago

    If the Braves make the post-season is Maholm even a starter?

    • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

      No, but he will still be in the pen
      Edit: It really depends on how well Hanson pitches, Paul pitches and if Sheets can keep this up. I really miss BB…

      • nm344 3 years ago

        Yeah, I can see Johnson being a bigger help. Still, Braves didn’t upgrade their post-season rotation while giving up a nice piece.

        • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

          We traded from a surplus (albeit none available this year) to address an area of need. Paul will be solid enough, while still having an upside. Reed as you said will be the biggest help and is something we needed for the post-season and regular season.

          Wren didn’t get that Ace he wanted, but he helped the time while not mortgaging the farm.

    • Robert Daniels 3 years ago

      No he’s not. I don’t even think he makes the playoff roster

    • Nope, an extra lefty in the pen…plus could be a long reliever.

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      hanson was sitting 87-89 with his fastball tonight. could just be a bit of fatigue, but he has past shoulder issues. there’s enough cause for concern in my book to make maholm worthwhile.

  19. Arodys…. Chapman?

  20. Jake Willock 3 years ago

    Rosenthal is reporting a Garza to Reds trade is in the works. Sorry if this is a double post

  21. Jwick22 3 years ago

    Loved this trade till i found out arodys involved. He has electric stuff. I think tommy john will help his durablity. they played with fire when they didnt get it done a couple years ago

  22. Aden Dannawi 3 years ago

    None of those guys will bring the Braves over the top. Frank Wren sucks again.

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      okay, we get it. you hate frank wren. it’s duly noted. you don’t have to post the same thing 500 times.

  23. Greg Zuniga 3 years ago

    all you guys need to stop criticizing Wren we are looking for a short term fixture to do something in the playoffs and catch the nationals.We are def. not thinking long term for vizcaino which will be a gamble on how good he really comes back from tommy john, so be happy BRAVES COUNTRY! we are going to October to mess $$$$ up!!!!!! lets do this! we got a good deal! lets go get em!

  24. Chris 3 years ago

    How is this a horrible trade?

    Vizcaino is hurt, who knows how he’ll rebound? Even if he heals and becomes a very good player, he’s pretty much blocked anyways. Kimbrel > Vizcaino. And to boot, Braves still have Delgado, Teheran, ect…. and they have gotten a very underrated and solid #3 starter along with a pretty good bench option.

    Wren DID NOT get fleeced, it was a smart deal. And this isn’t a rental trade either. I think complaining about this trade is just complaining for the sake of it really.

    • ultimaparadox 3 years ago

      Uh… Why would we pick up the option on Maholm… guy is pitching as he always does with a career 4.20 FIP. In what world are the Braves going to pick up a 6 million dollar option on a fringe 5th starter. When they have cost controlled young players who could put up similar numbers and already have.

      So yes not sure what to think of this trade. I would rather have Delgado in the rotation the rest of the way than Maholm. Unless you expect him to continue his streak of nice starts.

      Theo did the right move and sold high. Sadly Wren was the buyer

      • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

        I’d rather Delgado go back to AAA this season whether we traded for Paul or had Kris pitch the rest of the way. This move was purely to help the Pen and Bench like Wren said he would, not to get a starter.

        But you are right, we wont be picking up the option unless he decides to pitch differently with us than with Cubs and Pirates.

        • ultimaparadox 3 years ago

          Sadly Delgado and Maholm have almost pitched to the same results so far this year. So why trade for Maholm at all.

          Delgado vs Maholm 2012
          Delgado/Maholm
          4.12/4.11 FIP
          4.19/4.20 xFIP
          4.36/4.16 SIERA

          • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

            Rookie versus experience. Paul’s been doing well in a limited number of starts and He is left handed

    • Jeff 3 years ago

      Vizcaino could have been a great 8th inning man, or starter. I understand why the trade needed to happen- I’m ok with it, just wish it could have been a slightly lower grade of prospect traded.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      I think everyone’s point is… If you’re going to give him up, do it with a few more pieces and get the top tier starter.

  25. BraveCrowe 3 years ago

    To me it seems like a pretty big risk to take on VIZ here by the cubs. High High Reward but he is going to come with some risk as well. He will need another season under his belt before he shows his true ability. and I say someone post that there is like a 95% recovery rate for the surgery. Well, I was one of the 5% who lost velocity and had to give baseball up, no matter how small the chance is, it could still happen.

    Good Trade however for both clubs, Brave fans tend to pump up their prospects, just like any fan base. Viz will be a solid piece, but I dont think we traded a future cy young winner and a ace. I feel like we gave up a guy who would be a solid back end of the bull pen guy.

  26. Jay212033 3 years ago

    Again I would have much rather just did nothing at the deadline. We are playing very well right now and if we did deal trade for a bench bat and a BP arm.

  27. burtonbball88 3 years ago

    Reading these comments, you would think, by the fans reactions, that the Braves gave up Jason Heyward. Woah is me, we gave up an unproven pitcher who just had Tommy John. Now we’re finished. There’s no hope…

    • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

      Not to mention had an injury while with the Yankees, but you will always have complaints when someone with a high ceiling is traded. I did want him for our pen in latter years, but we do need to sure up our pen and bench this year.

      • burtonbball88 3 years ago

        But thats what you need to get a pitcher. If I were a Braves fan, I’d be happy they didn’t give up someone with good success in the minors right now like Spruill or Graham. Plus you have Venters and Kimbrel, who are just monsters in the pen, and will be for years.

        • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

          As i said somewhere in the jungle below, I wanted Viz to be our 7th guy for the future, but I’m fine with this trade. Wren said he wanted to sure up the pen and bench and he did just that. I will miss Viz, but this will help us this year for sure.

          • burtonbball88 3 years ago

            Exactly. I agree through and through. You have to give up something in the future for a good arm. Also I will be cheering for the Bravos. I love Reed, and it would be hilarious if Dempster watches the Braves win a WS.

  28. BaseballLogic_Braves 3 years ago

    I think overall this is a solid deal for both teams. I was SO looking forward to seeing Vizcaino back in the ‘pen, but hey… He doesn’t help us in the short term. Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm will. Cubs got a good one.

  29. FishBraves 3 years ago

    man, you guys need to stop complaining… this way medlen can continue to own in the bullpen, we get a decent, reliable starter and a guy to pinch hit better than anyone on our team… with awesome lefty splits! vizcaino will probably just be a set up man or closer so not a big loss.

  30. Irishpitviper 3 years ago

    love this time of the year hope the cubs gut 90 percent of the team and let the kids play, is jackson coming up
    now?

  31. gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

    even SOTO go traded and dempster was the best player and still there…..hes so loyal….2 the CUBS

    • gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

      Paul is a lefty and thats what we needed the most

  32. Geaux_Braves 3 years ago

    Good gamble I guess. Maholm needs to pitch like the stud he has shown lately to really justify giving up Viz. Thought Viz had the makeup of a #2 guy once he came back. Reed obviously helps offset the deal in our favor more though, so im not disappointed at all. Maholm has a cheap option as well.

    • John Wiszezur 3 years ago

      So, Maholm just needs to maintain a 1.00 ERA the rest of the season and this trade will be ok? Hmm….

      • Geaux_Braves 3 years ago

        Never said he had to post a 1.00 era. Would be nice though. Like I said, Viz had high upside and probably could have helped net a better pitcher imo. I’m not complaining though. I liked the move. Just felt the cubs got the better half of it.

  33. Chris 3 years ago

    A lot of reaching for reasons to bash this trade here.

    I’m a Braves fan true and true and logically this is a good trade.

    • Amen brother

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      i think people are getting lost in the vizzy for maholm exchange and forgetting what a HUGE upgrade reed johnson represents over the diaz/hinske platoon (especially with diaz facing potential season-ending thumb surgery).

      it’s not a blockbuster, but it’s a solid trade that does upgrade the team somewhat.

      • ultimaparadox 3 years ago

        The Braves could get the same results out of Delgado as Maholm projects. So why make the deal to just get reed Johnson

        • Because Delgado wasn’t getting it done. He needs a little more time to develop. Maholm has pitched pretty well this year. This is a good trade for the Braves. They deepen their bench and increase their pitching by not having to take Medlen from the pen. Guess JJ will be let go now.

  34. Braves can easily pick up Maholm’s cheap option for next year and trade him in the offseason for great value. There isn’t too many top pitching free agents this season and he could have real good value in the offseason once the tops arms are off the market especially if he continues to build his value.

    If not he’s a solid 5th option for the rotation.

    • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

      I agree they could do that, but he’d have to pitch well here on out for the Braves to pick up the option and then trade him.

  35. gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

    WREN is the best at finding a plan B without giving up alot….U gotta like WREN cause hes always giving the BRAVES a chance with these type of trades………..and kris medlen can be a setup guy again……win win win……..

  36. Guest 3 years ago

    Hudson
    Hanson
    Sheets
    Maholm
    Minor
    Delgado
    Medlen
    Jurrjens

    What does this mean for Delgado? he’s been pitching pretty well… (obviously Medlen will be back to the bullpen, and Jurrjens will be there too…)

    Edit: I see now Delgado was sent down… my bad.

    • Depends what they do with Avilan. I have to think they would rather have Jurrjens in the minors again to try and build up his trade value for the offseason.

      • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

        there’s nowhere near enough time for jurrjens to recover value, unfortunately. he’s completely lost whatever he had last season. he’s a sure non-tender and even a possible dfa at this point.

        • Jurrjens will never have the value he had last year at the allstar break but he could still bring in a decent prospect in return. If he’s sent back down like he should be he’s going to pitch his heart out to try and get out of atlanta.

          • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

            Who will trade for that contract? I doubt the braves will tender him a contract just to pay part of it in a trade.

          • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

            like @NL_East_Rivalry:disqus said, you’re not getting anything for jurrjens without eating money since he’s arb-eligible. he’s past the point of being a “change of scenery” guy…this is one of those sad situations where you waited too long to pull the trigger, and now you just non-tender and move on. too much talent waiting in the wings to give jurrjens more rope.

    • Suh Girls One Cup 3 years ago

      DFA’d

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      nah. he’d go to gwinnett before going to bullpen. nothing good could come from taking a non-bullpen guy (especially a young one with mid-rotation potential) and throwing him in there. let him make his starts in the minors if he’s not going to be in the big league rotation.

  37. We got CASH as well. Way to go Frank!

  38. Oof, don’t know if I would’ve rather kept Viz or Delgado. I guess since Arodys may not come back full health he’s the better choice.

    So
    Hudson
    Hanson
    Maholm
    Sheets
    Minor

    Not bad, I imagine Sheets would get a playoff spot before Maholm though. Love having two lefties in our rotation. Paul’s peripherals have been awful consistent the past two years which is what the Braves need more than an ace IMO.

    Now Atlanta needs one more consistent middle reliever and we’ll be great for a playoff push.

    • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

      medlen/martinez can hold down 6th-7th innings no problem. o’flaherty/venters have the 7th-8th covered. and you’ve got durbin in between. the bullpen is really pretty set, barring catastrophe.

      • cubfan4life 3 years ago

        Pen looks great right now but thats also what everyone said this time last year too until Venters and Kimbrel wore out down the stretch. One more righty who can work the 7-8th would be nice. Perhaps a Matt Belisle or a Rafael Betancourt? Neither of whom should command a high price in return.

  39. jwsox 3 years ago

    Ben Nicholas-Smith do you guys get any sleep over the next day or two? honestly curious…

  40. gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

    with Jason Heyward in the 3 hole… stealing bases and getting big hits,then simmons on the way back…..wow this teams can go far with the talent it has…..chipper mite have a John Elway type off ending…..leaving on top

  41. Andruw Jones 3 years ago

    Arodys was a little much i think, especially after being an untouchable last year. The way the Joe Simpson and Chip Caray talk about Maholm has alway led me to think the Braves as an organization are pretty high on him.

    • Defiancy 3 years ago

      I think it’s about right for two years of an MLB starter. Maholm might not blow you away but he’s a serviceable back end of the rotation guy, plus lefty-masher Reed. Is it really that much of a stretch to think those two are worth a high-upside but injured prospect and a minor league arm?

      • Andruw Jones 3 years ago

        The more i think about it the happier i am with the move. This gives the Braves a lot of options this offseason and could lead to an even better prospect coming back.

  42. With Viz on the DL all year, he will have burned nearly 2 years of service time before throwing a pitch for the Cubs

  43. citizen 3 years ago

    maholm can go 6-8 innings, good for down the stretch and against the pirates if they make the playoffs. would the commisioners office have to approve this deal since it involves and injured player?

  44. Braves95 3 years ago

    I don’t understand what the problem is here with Braves country , FW just got two good players to help out for the final two months. Yeah he gave up Vizcaino but you have to give to receive and I bet if FW would of traded for ZG , JJ or shields the prospects that those three would have cost would have been much more that we gave up . Then most of you would of been criticized FW even more. Good job Wren!

  45. mlbscout6 3 years ago

    Braves fans are gonna be mad.

  46. nathanalext 3 years ago

    Arodys, Chapman? Whew.. That was close

  47. Braves Fan 85
    Braves2014Champs 3 years ago

    great give up one of our top prospects for a gy ehos having a career year with a 3.74 era…maholm was not the amswer and now viz is gonna destroy the Braves the next 5-6yrs

  48. dempsster will be on the White Sox in 12 hours.

  49. Bravos 3 years ago

    I think this is a great trade for the Braves. Thought for sure when this first came out that we’d given up tehran and/or delgado along with viz. Good job Wren, for once

  50. vizcaino? i thought he was a pretty damn good prospect

  51. undocorkscrew 3 years ago

    Makes a LOT of sense for the Braves. He’d be a massive upgrade over Hinske and Diaz, both of whom are terrible defensively and not as good offensively. With that said, I seriously doubt it’s the Braves.

  52. Hoss10 3 years ago

    The more teams get eliminated, the more I think it’s the Braves…

  53. sdsny 3 years ago

    It’s the Braves.

  54. BraveCrowe 3 years ago

    Why?

  55. NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

    Cause he wanted King Felix

  56. Karson Brown 3 years ago

    thanks!

  57. WisBrave 3 years ago

    The Javier Vazquez deal just keeps on giving ! Great trade for the Braves.

  58. nm344 3 years ago

    Umm not really.

  59. Love it! The only bad side was Melky, but Logan turned into Uggla and now this! WOW

  60. nm344 3 years ago

    Maholm is going to do what exactly? If he’s going to be a starter in the playoffs, Braves are already in trouble. Johnson is a solid platoon bat though. But the Braves already have Diaz.

  61. Robert Daniels 3 years ago

    I like the Vizcaino part of the deal. I think the Cubs did well on that considering they only traded a barely above average picther and fourth outfielder.

  62. tomymogo 3 years ago

    Mike Dunn you mean

  63. WisBrave 3 years ago

    How is it not? The Braves don’t have room for him as a starter and is better suited for the bullpen. Since every time they try stretching him out he ends up getting hurt. Don’t get me wrong Vizcaino is a great talent but expendable.

  64. NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

    Logan to Dunn to Uggla

  65. WrigleyTerror37 3 years ago

    agree with you 100% i wish the colvin trade didnt happen but we needed a 3b at the time. i feel the cubs gave up on colvin to easy. i mean he had to end the season with part of a bat going in his chest. have that happen to you and tell me you wouldnt be afraid playing baseball for a year.

  66. Suh Girls One Cup 3 years ago

    We had to give something up.

  67. tomymogo 3 years ago

    With Maholm’s deal, Jurrjens is getting non-tendered, and Maholm 6.5 million only 1 million more than what Jurrjens made this season. They could also resign Sheets, and have depth with Delgado, Teheran, and Gilmartin(in case injury happens) and still have money to resign Bourn.

  68. Whitey_83 3 years ago

    Maholm isn’t going to be a starter in the playoffs. He’s going to be the No. 5 guy instead of Delgado.

  69. Whitey_83 3 years ago

    And Diaz is hurt.

  70. Suh Girls One Cup 3 years ago

    Definitely. People just seem intent on getting solid pieces without giving up ANYTHING in return.

  71. cubfan4life 3 years ago

    Gotta remember though about Colvin that he was coming off a down year and on top of that he was only going to be a 4th OF and insurance at 1B at best. He wasnt going to start ahead of Soriano, Byrd (at the time), and DeJesus. So trading a bench guy for a starter at 3B albeit a disappointing one usually works out for the better.

    On the current deal though i love what we got back. A high upside arm in Vizcaino and a guy in Chapman who is a little old to still be a prospect but a guy who has steadily improved as he has moved along in the braves system. Granted Vizcaino had TJ surgery. But hes just 21 and still has a very high ceiling. All in all a pretty decent return on a backup OF and a 4th or 5th starter who put together a solid string of starts.

  72. jb226 3 years ago

    Thanks.

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