Best of all, he’s a useful piece at an exceedingly reasonable price. The Braves got him for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler -- both of whom had seen promising careers stall, both having been lapped in the organization by younger and better arms – and outfielder Preston Tucker, who’s just a guy.
This was Anthopoulos’ first real dip into the farm system he inherited, and the belief here is that he chose wisely. He shed two prospects who weren’t really prospects anymore. He disposed of two guys who’d never have made the big-league rotation ahead of Foltynewicz, Newcomb, Soroka, Allard or Wright. A trade like this is why you hoard pitching, even if it’s not quite top-shelf pitching. Because a lot of teams can’t even fill out a rotation.
I don’t know that this deal makes the Braves five games better, but it might help them win a game or two more than they would have otherwise. If we check the standings, we note that they’re a half-game behind the Phillies in the National League East. A game or two might be all that’s needed.