Braves willing to listen on JV, but should they?
Talk among scouts that #Braves will listen on Venters. Braves, though, say they love depth in their bullpen, including 3 LHs with Avilan.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 6, 2013
Depends on what you could get in return. Venters should net more than a LH pitch-hitter.
I’d be surprised if FW trades him, however. Jordan Walden, who’s held lefties to a .206 BA over his career, is nursing a sore back while EOF has yet to pitch this spring. Both are supposed to be fine, but until they prove it JV ain’t going nowhere.
Keep in mind that EOF is a free agent after this season while JV isn’t eligible for f ree agency until after 2016. If you’re going to trade a left-handed reliever, wouldn’t it make more sense to deal O’Flaherty?