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The Atlanta Braves have not been very active on the market nearing the end of the trade deadline, but the Braves front office made their first move last Thursday. Although the braves haven’t made many major league moves, they have been signing minor league players, recalling and moving players, and assigning players to rehab games.
Here are the recent Braves transactions:
The Braves and Tampa Bay Rays completed a trade that sent former Braves LHP Jonny Venters back to Atlanta for $250,000 in International bonus pool money. This was a move with intentions to help the struggling Braves bullpen. In order to give room on the Braves for Venters, RHP Evan Phillips was optioned back to the Gwinnett Stripers. The story of Jonny Venters will be discussed in a later article.
Good news for LHP Max Fried, as he played rehab games for the Mississippi Braves and Gwinnett Stripers and is set to return to the rotation Saturday. In order to make room on the roster, OF Preston Tucker was optioned to Gwinnett. Fried was placed on the 10-day DL because of blistering on his throwing hands middle finger. Fried has had multiple occasions with blisters, and has described it as “extremely frustrating.”
CF Danny Santana was sent back to Gwinnett and CF Michael Reed was called up from Gwinnett to replace the spot of Santana on the bench.
The braves have signed a couple minor league contracts, as LF Lane Adams and RHP Fernando Salas agreed to terms with the braves.
No further news on Arodys Vizcaino and Brandon McCarthy as they both remain on the DL. Brandon McCarthy fighting tendinitis in his knee and Vizcaino struggling with shoulder Inflammation.
The not-so-active braves finally make their first move and leaves us wondering if they will make another move in the next 4 days. Rumors have spread about Atlanta’s interest in a starting pitcher such as Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and possibly another bat to add to the lineup. Only time will tell.