Aug. 6: The Braves announced that Rusin has been assigned outright to their alternate training site after clearing waivers. He’ll remain in the team’s 60-player pool but is no longer on the 40-man roster. Because he’s still in the player pool, he’s eligible to rejoin the club later this season.
Aug. 4: The Braves have designated lefty Chris Rusin for assignment, per a club announcement. Additionally, the team placed righty Mike Soroka on the 45-day injured list. Those moves created a pair of active roster spots to enable the promotion of two pitchers. Righties Chad Sobotka and Huascar Ynoa will each join the MLB team.
Rusin, 33, earned a job out of Summer Camp but only got one appearance before he was set free. He allowed three earned runs in a 3 1/3-inning outing last night after Soroka departed with what turned out to be a season-ending injury. The former Cubs and Rockies southpaw was quite effective in Colorado from 2016-17, pitching to a 3.19 ERA in 169 1/3 frames, but success has been hard to come by outside of that two-year stretch. In 468 2/3 innings across part of nine MLB seasons (2020 included), Rusin has a 4.65 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.
I would prefer to see Davidson but hopefully Ynoa can step up.
to be fair, calling Davidson up now would mean he would be in the pen instead of the rotation
Where do you get that idea? Tucker is further in development and has always been a starter, Ynoa has mainly been a reliever. Tucker is also a higher rated prospect.
It is still probably true. Braves will probably rinse and repeat what they did last year with starters.
I would expect them to go that route until it becomes too painful to watch. Newcomb is inefficient because he doesn’t seem to have a true out pitch. Touki is overrated. Wright and Wilson have potential, but will face ups and downs. Unless they feel one of the other young arms is a sure upgrade of one of those guys, they will stay the course.
Also of note, Chacin and Folty may be brought back quickly with the current mess. I just don’t see them using Wiegel or Davidson unless everything else falls apart. Maybe May/June next year on those two. Then again, with all the arms they have, they may give those two a shot at some point due to age, particularly Weigel.
What exactly more needs to happen outside of Fried going down to classify as “everything falling apart”?
Better to bring up young SP arms now since the club has the extra year of control now and while roster sizes are at their highest, so you can pair up arms and have some wiggle room. The later you wait, the roster shrinks, making it more difficult and costlier for a short outing.
Not worth it on the really young guys. Seriously. less than 50 games left and not likely to make a big impact. Stash them for another year until May and gain an additional year of control instead.
Just my thoughts, but I wouldn’t want to waste years on this charade of a season where even a championship won’t bring you any money. No reason to impact the future.
Still, I don’t see why they don’t give Weigel a shot at least. At 26, he ain’t going to get any younger.
The Davidson as a starter train is funny to me. When he originally started going through the system, he was projected to be a nice bullpen arm. After watching him pitch, I still believe that to be true based on his mechanics… but I see no reason not letting him start some considering he’s been doing fine in that role
Why not use the time to get those rookie arms time to adjust to mlb pitching? Have we not seen enough hiccups in the back half of the rotation to realize that the Braves will have to continue to roll out rookies as the trade market won’t be worth the investment this season. Let them learn in grow no point in wasting time and have growing pains in a season In which we will be full throttle and it actually counts.
i mean calling him up today. no reason to call him up until Soroka’s next start would have been if you don’t expect to use him until then. might as well call up a RP you can use in the meantime.
I imagine every team is weighing the options for a trade. This has to be a difficult decision for Anthopoulos. You have to believe by now that the season not finishing is a real risk. Does AA try and go after someone like Lance Lynn? I doubt Daniel’s will be eager to discount Lynn and I don’t think AA will want to pay full price. Lynn does come with an additional year of control but that won’t change the math for this year.
It really does make all the difference in the world if the season can actually be completed and considering the Braves prospect talent is going to dry up soon, trading the most desirable youngsters has to sound unappealing.
Maybe things will turn around but I’m of the opinion that the season won’t complete so I hope AA will let the season play out and let the chips fall where they may.
From a purely business point of view, I wonder if a championship this year will be as rewarding as trophies in more normal years. Like so many other things, that’s all pure speculation at this point, since we have NOTHING to compare this to. I’d have to guess that between people in general having less disposable income and the segment of people who will completely discount this season, a ring won’t have the marketing impact it usually does. If we’ve learned nothing else, we’ve sure learned that the only thing most players and probably all owners are interested in is money. I do wonder if the strong potential of a lesser financial reward for whoever is declared champion (by whatever means) will figure into personnel decisions, and heavily.
>>I’m of the opinion that the season won’t complete so I hope AA will let the season play out and let the chips fall where they may.<<
The trade deadline may be the biggest bunch of nothing ever.
It might be. Obviously this can change. If they go without any infections for a few weeks, that might turn things around somewhat convincingly but it’s difficult for me to see to many GM’s rolling the dice.
Makes sense. Rusin was a tough watch last night.
Was it just me, or did Rusin look completely disinterested in even being out there?
It was almost like ‘these aren’t my runners, so I will just give partial effort’. I am sure I just haven’t seen him enough, but he just looked lazy to the eye.
What’s wrong with Davidson and Patrick Weigel. It’s time to get those young guys some innings
Not being able to trade players that aren’t in the 60-man pool complicates things. I don’t see any meaningful trades happening.
Braves are sending a message to cast-off pitchers, we will cut you immediately when you do bad.
The question is why are they signing cast-off pitchers to begin with? They’ve got Wiegel and Davidson both ready for an honest shot. Do they honestly not believe one of the two couldn’t at least produce results similar to Chacin? At some point they have to be allowed to try.
Maybe you could have spent 18M on a good pitcher instead of Hamels, then maybe we wouldn’t be in such a bad position
Oh look, one intelligent being in this thread.
Too bad the Braves organization sucks and they will never trade or sign any arm worthwhile.
Irony is they keep pointing out how great their pitching prospects are but all of them have either proved they suck or not even called up yet. Goes to show they have zero true expectations for them.
This is the perfect time to let them pitch. Instead they are waiting for Newcomb, Wright, and Touki to pitch well consistently, yet that will never happen
Hey, look who is back, Mr. Butthurt himself!
Do you prefer prep h, baby powder, or talcum powder?
Oh, BTW, in the last four starts between Newcomb, Touki, and Wright, they’ve gone 18.2 innings and have given up five runs. That’s a 2.41 Era.
Irony, if you will, is constantly proclaiming how bad a division winning team is. If you’re a Braves fan, and you’re that frustrated, why not simply find a new team?