I had a terrible dream last night that the Braves made a deadline deal that brought Kyle Farnsworth and his monster pick-up truck back to the Braves—wait, what? That was real?! The Braves DID make a deal before the 4:00pm ET non-waiver trade deadline that brought the Braves a power arm for the bullpen and a power bat (apparently) to play in the outfield.
The Braves sent Gregor Blanco, Jesse Chavez and Tim Collins (who they just got in the Escobar trade) to the Royals (shocker) in exchange for Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel. I am assuming Ankiel is the 8th inning guy and Farnsworth is the power bat. Wait, what? I’m wrong again?! Just when I thought there wasn’t anyone I trusted less with a lead than Chavez, I was proven wrong, yet again. I don’t have anything against Farnsworth personally (which goes for all the guys I talk about) but it’s really hard for me to forget that awful game-4 against the Astros in 2005.
He has good stats this year— 3-0 2.42 ERA in 37 games, but it’s not the regular season I’m worried about. He was great during the regular season of ’05, but fell apart when it mattered. I’ve watched him with the Yankees the past few seasons, and he was even worse in pressure situations.
Ankiel has missed a good portion of this season with a leg injury and has hit just .261 4HR 15 RBI. Ankiel (who used to be the best pitching prospect in MLB) has shown good power since he made his comeback with the Cardinals, but is an all-or-nothing type hitter. He signed a one year deal with the Royals in the off-season, so it looks like he will be a 2-month (hopefully 3) rental player—which is good because he is one of the only guys in MLB that can go turf-toe to turf-toe with Mike Hampton in an injury competition.
I don’t have a problem with the Braves giving up Blanco, Collins or Chavez, it’s the fact they got two guys who have not shown me I should be confident with this move. I don’t have a problem with Frank Wren sitting down and having a social drink (or ten) with his old friend Dayton Moore, but the night before the trade deadline? Ok, so I am not really suggesting anyone was intoxicated, but this deal is a real head-scratcher. I guess all we can do it sit back with a case of Mylanta and watch…
In an unrelated move, the Braves also acquired OF Wilkin Ramirez from the Detroit Tigers for a bucket of balls and a Kit-Kat Bar. Ramirez has played with AAA Toledo all year and has hit .216 4 HR 14 RBI in 41 games. I don’t see this being a deal that will affect the major league roster, but it’s worth mentioning—I guess.
The worst news of all from this weekend is the fact Martin Prado broke his right pinky sliding into home plate against the Reds Friday night. Yikes! This really hurts! To me, Prado is the last person the Braves can afford to lose. The reports are that Prado will miss at least 7-10 days, but I can’t see how it won’t be longer. I’m sure Omar Infante and Brooks Conrad will play well over the next two weeks, but they aren’t Martin Prado.
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