The Atlanta Braves have moved on from veteran reliever Jonny Venters. It is a disappointing end to Venter’s time with Atlanta considering how much the reliever has been through.
Any other Atlanta Braves reliever would have been cut far sooner than the team decided to move on from Venters. It was a tough decision to move on from the lefty who has endured three surgeries and multiple missed seasons to make it back with his hometown team.
The Braves moving on from Venters makes sense considering the lefty has given up constant runners this season rarely able to complete innings without giving up multiple runs.
Though his velocity remained consistent his movement wasn’t there and he didn’t have the results from last season much less the dominant results from early on in his Braves career.
The Braves and their fans wish Venters well, but they couldn’t afford to keep throwing him out there considering they are attempting to make the postseason once again.
For Atlanta their bullpen has been the obvious weakness. Carrying a reliever who cannot get outs wasn’t an option considering their already dwindling relief core.
In his place the Braves will bring back veteran Jerry Blevins who has been inconsistent but unlike Venters has yielded some positive results.
Cutting Jonny couldn’t have been an easy move for Atlanta, but it was the right one for a postseason team.
Venters will likely earn another chance considering his velocity and track record it simply won’t be with Atlanta. Barring an unforeseen reunion as the team just had with reliever Jerry Blevins.
Fixing the bullpen will likely be the focus of the Braves trade deadline and it seems increasingly likely the team will attempt to add an arm like Craig Kimbrel after the upcoming draft. More to come as the Braves season continues.