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The Braves have traded for Cleveland closer Bob Wickman. To get him, they sent Cleveland low A Rome catcher Max Ramirez.
Ramirez was hitting .285 with nine homers and 37 RBIs at Class A Rome this year. The 21-year-old catcher established himself as a solid prospect while hitting .347 at Danville last season. His success at the rookie level led him to be named the Appalachian League's co-player of the year. Although Ramirez is a solid prospect, the Braves are well stocked at the catcher's position. All-Star catcher Brian McCann is just 22, and he should be in Atlanta for many years to come. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has struggled at Double-A Mississippi this year, but he's still considered one of the game's top catching prospects.
Bob Wickman is 15 for 18 in save chances with a 4.18 ERA in 28 innings, giving up 29 hits, 1 homer, 11 walks, and 17 strikeouts. I think I like the move okay. It's the last year of his contract, and he's 37, so the Braves aren't stuck. His career ERA+ is 124 in the American League, so maybe he'll thrive in the NL.

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