The Atlanta Braves struck a deal with the Chicago Cubs Monday night, just hours before the deadline. The Cubs sent starting pitcher Paul Maholm, and outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta, according to CBS’s John Heyman. The Cubs’ return is currently unavailable. The trade was brewing during Monday night’s 8-2 win over the Miami Marlins, and Frank Wren’s busy suite was the proof.
After losing Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery and witnessing the struggles of Jair Jurrjens, the Braves desperately needed to make a move, solidifying the starting rotation. Left-hander Maholm , 30, is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA this season. Though as of late, he has been red hot, going 5-0 posting a 1.00 in his last seven starts. The Braves top four in the rotation currently consists of Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Ben Sheets, and Paul Maholm. It is unknown whether Kris Medlan, Mike Minor, or Randall Delgado will fill the final spot. The move instantly makes the Braves a stronger team, while providing depth in starting pitching.
Reed Johnson, 35, is hitting .302 with 3 home runs and 16 RBIs. Johnson has been a solid fourth outfielder for the Cubs, and will likely resume the same role with the Braves. Johnson helps the Braves become more versatile. Acquiring Johnson, allows Martin Prado to replace Chipper Jones at third base when the 40 year old needs a day off.
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