Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 7/31/12
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, but remains fragile and in flux, as demonstrated by Tommy Hanson's annual trip to the 15-day DL on Tuesday. They also bolstered their bench, their outfield depth and their pinch-hitting flexibility. Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson don't provide the immediate name value that other players who switched jerseys do, but they ably plug the holes the Braves have struggled to fill this season. I was in favor of the Braves' pursuit of Dempster or Greinke or another big arm, even if it meant losing a prized arm. They're in position make the playoffs, either through the wild card or by overtaking the Nationals, and as we've seen ...
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