The Braves and Tigers swapped relievers today, with the Braves sending Macay McBride over to Detroit for Wilfredo Ledezma.
McBride, a 24 year-old left-handed reliever, has experienced control problems for most of his Braves’ career. The Braves drafted the little lefty 24th overall in 2001, and he was converted to relief in ’04. He did have a solid second half year, crediting a change in his delivery. His control was again terrible in April of this year but he seems to have corrected that.
Ledezma, 26, is also a southpaw. He was a Rule V pick out of the Boston system, which caused him to jump from A ball to the Majors. It’s been an odd development path for him. A sore elbow surfaced in ’05, but he’s been OK since. Ledezma can be used as a starter if necessary; he’s got a good curveball.