Braves, Dodgers Complete 6-Player Trade
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers worked to get better on Wednesday, as the two sides finalized a deal involving six players.
The key name in the deal was third baseman Juan Uribe, who was sent to the Braves, along with pitcher Chris Withrow. In return, the Dodgers received infielder Alberto Callaspo, pitcher Eric Stults, pitcher Ian Thomas and pitcher Juan Jaime.
The Dodgers win big in this trade, as they unload an under-performing hitter in Uribe that is more of a big name than a big talent at this point in his career – if that.
In return, the Dodgers got some pitching talent to poke at. Veteran southpaw Stults probably won’t amount to much, but the team could be curious as to what Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime can bring to the table for the best team in the NL West.
Thomas has had solid success in the minors and has only had 16 innings worth of experience in the pros. With the right coaching, he could develop into a rotational piece. The same goes for Jaime, and possibly even to a greater extent. Jaime has even more trouble with control and walking batters, but throws it in the mid-90’s. If the Dodgers can get him to keep himself from unraveling, he could be a pitcher to watch.
Uribe turns around right away to battle his former team, as he’s already in the lineup and ready to take on the Dodgers for a Braves/Dodgers game on Thursday. Needless to say, a huge story-line for today’s game will be if Uribe can find success against his former team and get some revenge.
What Does Uribe Have Left?
The big question isn’t whether or not Uribe can get some revenge against his former team, though. At 36 years old and in a down year, the question is if he has anything left and if he can help the Braves.
The answer? Probably not much. Uribe had slid down so far in L.A. that he appeared in just 29 of 46 games and brought a weak .247 batting average to the table. While never necessarily a power hitter or the most consistent hitter, Uribe has certainly regressed over the past few years and could be on his last legs in Atlanta.
This is a pretty quiet trade on both ends, but also extremely low risk. L.A. got rid of Uribe to open the door to a young batter down the road, and also got some pitching talent to test out for the playoffs. The Dodgers are already one of the best teams in baseball, so grabbing up a few more assets has them coming off smart here.
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