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The Chicago Cubs were busy on Monday night, making a pair of trades...but neither involving Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza. The team traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers, and outfielder Reed Johnson and starter Paul Maholm to the Braves.
Soto's acquisition helps the Rangers in both the short term and the long term. Texas has NOT gotten good production behind the plate this year, totalling just a .726 OPS at the position this year as Mike Napoli has had a down year in comparison to last year, split time with Yorvit Torreabla, who isn't a very good hitter at all. Soto might not be much of an improvement though, as he has just a .623 OPS this year in 51 games. Soto has a higher ceiling than Torreabla however, as his 17 homers in each of 2010 and 2011 indicates, as well as his .890 OPS in 2010 and .721 OPS in 2011. Heading to Chicago is Jacob Brigham, not even ranked about the Rangers' top 30 prospects coming into the year. The 24-year old sixth round pick f...
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The Chicago Cubs kick-started their rebuilding effort with a pair of trades that sent catcher Geovany Soto to the Rangers and pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta. The Cubs received Class AA pitcher Jacob Brigham from Texas, according to multiple reports. What they received from the Braves wasn't immediately known. Soto and Johnson were seen saying goodbye...
Paul Maholm is 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA over has past 7 starts.
One week after a trade with the Chicago Cubs for RHP Ryan Dempster fell through, Braves General Manager Frank Wren brokered another deal with the Cubs. This one held up.
The Braves have acquired left-handed starting pitcher Paul Maholm and veteran outfielder Reed Johnson from the Cubs for RHP prospect Arodys Vizcaino and...
The Braves are taking a long-term risk for a short-term gain in trading Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm. The most talented player in the deal is obviously Arodys Vizcaino, but he also comes with a ton of question marks.
Johnson and Maholm will be asked to do exactly what they did in Chicago. Johnson will be a spot starter in the outfield against...
I love his socks up. Really, really, a lot.
OF Reed Johnson will wear #11 and LHP Paul Maholm will wear #17. Maholm is expected to be here Wed. twitpic.com/adxwij
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 31, 2012
Reed Johnson meets his new teammates prior to stretch & #Braves BP twitter.com/KevinMcAlpin/s…
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) July 31, 2012
Reed Johnson warms up with...
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have boosted their rotation and added a right-handed bat to their bench by acquiring left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson from the Chicago Cubs.
Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed late Monday night the team is sending right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino, a top prospect who had season-ending Tommy John surgery in April...
Left-hander Paul Maholm is settling in with the Braves, a team he says was ''landing spot No. 1 for me'' if he had to be traded from the Cubs.
The Braves acquired Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson from Chicago for right-handers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman on Monday night. Maholm joined the Braves Wednesday. Johnson is starting in right field in Wednesday night...
The Braves didn't get a game changer.
They didn't get the most dominant arm or the bat filled with the most pop and thunder.
They didn't get Zack Greinke or Hunter Pence or Ichiro or even Ryan Dempster, who was on the verge of becoming a Brave but ended up a Ranger.
Here's what happened, though.
The Braves added depth to a rotation that has been better of late...
In a mostly unsurprising move on Monday, Geovany Soto was traded to the Texas Rangers less than a day before the trade deadline. Midway through the Cubs' opener of their three game homestand with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 29-year-old catcher was reportedly dealt to Texas for minor league pitcher Jacob Brigham. Soto has been struggling lately, batting only .199 with six homers...
Will Detroit make another trade as it tries to make a run in the AL Central? We're tracking all the rumors right here. Continue reading →
The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs have agreed on a trade that will send left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta, major league sources told FOXSports.com.
Maholm has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this month, with a 5-0 record and 1.00 ERA over his last seven games. Johnson, 35, is an experienced platoon outfielder in the midst of a solid season...
UPDATE 10:35 PM: Bill Brink reports that the Pirates weren’t the team to add Johnson.
UPDATE 10:33 PM: Rob Biertempfel reports that it is unlikely the Pirates have acquired Johnson.
UPDATE 10:31 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that Johnson and Soto were in separate deals.
UPDATE 10:27 PM: Jon Heyman reports that Johnson has been traded, but that it’s a mystery where he’s going. Also...
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Chicago Cubs have traded Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto in separate deals. The destinations are still unknown, but Rosenthal is reporting that the deals too place.
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There is hope, Cubs fans. And not just because Geovany Soto was traded for something more valuable than a bag of weed.
This hope comes from a bunch of Brits wearing leotards.
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Reed Johnson already had scored twice, his Cubs were romping and he was set to bat again at Wrigley Field.
Instead of heading to the plate, the outfielder was pulled for a pinch hitter and told to start packing - he was going to Atlanta.
Several contenders got a head start on the trade deadline by making deals Monday night. The Braves acquired Johnson and pitcher Paul Maholm from...