The Atlanta Braves have made a few significant trades recently to bolster their bullpen and address the team’s injuries. One of the trades involved acquiring reliever Pierce Johnson from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for minor league pitchers Tanner Gordon and Victor Vodnik. In addition, the Braves also acquired left-hander Taylor Hearn from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash.
The main focus of these trades is to strengthen the Braves’ bullpen, which has been struggling due to injuries. Johnson, who currently has a 6.00 ERA and 4.57 FIP this season, may not have the most impressive stats at the moment. However, it is worth noting that his FIP away from Coors Field is a much more promising 2.31, and his xFIP stands at 2.72. These numbers suggest that Johnson has the potential for improvement and could be a valuable addition to the team.
Hearn, despite a career ERA of 5.11, brings power and options to the Braves’ bullpen. This acquisition will provide the team with more flexibility in terms of their pitching lineup. Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledges that the team had to give up some talented players in these trades. However, he firmly believes in the importance of scouting and development in preparing a team for such moves.
While the Braves have already made some significant moves, the team is not ruling out the possibility of more trades before the trade deadline. Anthopoulos has even expressed interest in a trade that could have a long-term impact on the team, similar to last year’s acquisition of Raisel Iglesias.
With these recent acquisitions and the potential for more trades, the Atlanta Braves are actively working towards strengthening their bullpen and improving their overall performance. Fans can expect to see some exciting changes and potentially game-changing players as the team continues to make strategic moves.
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