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Trade Rumors Surrounding The Atlanta Braves Roster

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Interest in the lefty starter of Atlanta Braves Jamie Garcia seems to be rising with each passing day. There are 8 or more possible trade suitors with different interest levels. It looked like Garcia would move to the Twins, but that trade did not go through due to some medical problem with a prospect that the Braves would have got in return as part of the deal.

If Garcia is traded, then the Braves would end up saving nearly $4.7 million. This money can be used for acquiring a controllable reliever such as Brad Brach of the Orioles. It may however be noted that acquisition of Brach may not be possible as the GM of Orioles did state that trading veterans is not an idea that he likes.

The Moves Made By The Atlanta Braves

The Braves did let go of 32 year old Eric O’Flaherty who was on a 10 day DL. A spot on the roster was required in order for catcher Anthony Recker to be traded in. Additionally, as Kurt Suzuki is also on the release list, there was a need for some other backstop.

Over the past many seasons, finding work has not been a problem for lefty Eric. However after the 2013 surgery, his performance has not been the same. This season, he played 18 1/3 innings and wrangled to an ERA of 7.85 with 4.4 BB/9 and 7.4 K/9.

Johan Camargo has been very impressive for the Atlanta Braves and thus has ensured that he gets more play time than shortstop Dansby Swanson. The Braves have continued to show faith in Swanson and are confident that he will be a future cornerstone of the franchise. However, Camargo’s record (.315/.338/.465) across his initial 134 plate appearances in the MLB is overwhelming. He has also been good with the gloves at shortstop as well as at third base.

The franchise tried Freddie Freeman at 3rd and the experiment was so successful that he has continued to play all games at first or third base, with Matt Adams starting against right-handed pitchers at first right and Camargo starting against left-handed pitchers at the hot corner. In 2018, Camargo may have a regular role in the infield, or may play as a super-utility multi-positional player with ability to also play in the outfield.

First baseman Matt Adams has been typically seen as being someone who could be traded by the Braves. But the franchise has already informed its rivals that it will hold onto him through the trading deadline. A deal is not in the offing due to the remaining control of Adams and the decision of the team to play Freeman at 3rd base.

Adams was great for the Braves after getting traded in from the Cardinals. He has however cooled down of late and has struggled against left-handed pitchers. With Sean Rodriguez’s return and Freeman playing third base, Adams is most likely to remain in the team roster. Since the demand for Adams from rivals is not that intense, Braves will hold onto him and see how Freeman plays in the second half of the season.

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