1. Trading For Pitching to Help Stabilize the Team at the Deadline
Trading for talent at the deadline wasn’t the plan for Atlanta coming into the season. It was supposed to be a final season of losing. Instead, the Braves had blown past expectations turning themselves into a legitimate postseason contender.
The front office went to work acquiring complementary pieces without giving up prospects or hurting the team’s future.
Trading bonus slot money to the Orioles the team acquire Brad Brach, a reliever who helped what was a miserable bullpen. While Brach may have had his struggles he was far better than many of the options the team was deploying acquiring him for next to nothing was a good move for Atlanta.
Though their best move may have been acquiring Darren O’Day and Kevin Gausman for a package of lower prospects and bonus slot money. Gausman had a huge impact on the team pitching 59.2 innings with a 2.87 ERA. Gausman is a player who not only had a big impact after the trade deadline but has factored greatly into the Braves 2019 plans.
Acquiring Jonny Venters for bonus slot money as well, was my personal favorite move the Braves made during the trade deadline. Venters fight through surgeries and injuries is a story Braves fans are very familiar with.
Seeing him come out of the bullpen looking like the Venters of old was a fun move. One allowing for a bit of nostalgia while a new wave of “Baby Braves” continued their takeover of the NL East.