Vizcaino, flotsam for Maholm, Reed Johnson
Source: Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson dealt to
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2012
UPDATE: It’s Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. If Vizcanio — who has yet to pitch 100 innings in a season — had not
undergone two Tommy John surgeries been so injury-prone, this would be a bad trade. It could still end up being regrettable, but I think the Braves, with the easiest remaining schedule in baseball, just made the playoffs.
UPDATE: According to Bowman, Delgado, Teheran, Gilmartin and Zeke Spruill are not involved in the deal. If true, FW has just engineered a steal.
Few pitchers in baseball are hotter than Maholm, who has six consecutive starts of at least six innings allowing one or no runs. The 30-year-old southpaw, 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last 7 outings, has a $6.5 million team option for 2013 and is having his best season.
Reed Johnson is a perfect fit, a career .313 batter vs. lefties with a .838 OPS.
Great trade, as long as they didn’t give up Delgado. It would be too high a price, but, considering Maholm’s affordable option and Johnson’s right-handed bat, I’d prefer that package to Ryan Dempster straight up.