Originally written July 31, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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Start waving the green flag on the Cubs fire sale. In addition to trading Geovany Soto to the Rangers, the Cubs have also dealt starting pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves in exchange for pitching prospects Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. Johnson is the fourth outfielder that the Braves have desperately needed all year. Matt Diaz (currently on the DL) and Eric Hinske have been fixtures on the Braves bench this year, and neither has performed well at all. Hinske has just a .590 OPS with only one homer in 124 plate appearances, and looks pretty much done as a player. Diaz hasn't been much better, logging a .613 OPS in 118 plate appearances, homering twice. When those are your two best options off the bench, things aren't looking good for your team. The 35-year old Johnson has a .799 OPS for the Cubs this year in 183 plate appearances, including an .890 mark against lefties. The Braves really shouldn't be platooning any of their three dynami...
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