According to Yankees beat writer Peter Abraham, the Braves offered Bob Wickman to the Yankees for Kyle Farnsworth, but only if the Yankees picked up Farnsworth's entire contract, including the $7.1 million the reliever is due next year. You probably remember Farnsworth as the savior, who earned the closers role down the stretch in '05 after the Braves acquired him, then blew the lead in the 18-inning game in the playoffs, and then left for the big apple. Of course that wasn't before a couple words about the organization and its fans. Farnsworth has been awful this year but I guess the upgrade isn't worth that much money.
Thanks to D'Andre for his wonderful coverage of the deadline moves today and I have to say that when I got back, I was quite surprised at some of the moves. I'm going to try and run down all of the stuff that didn't get covered today. This is only 30 minutes after the deadline so we'll still probably see a couple deals get announced or reported soon
- Atlanta has sent Wilfredo Ledezma and Will Startup to the Padres for left-handed reliever Royce Ring. Ring, once a top prospect, should add veteran depth to the pen although it is yet to see if he will be in the majors right away. Ring has struggled with command this year but has a good strikeout rate and a decent ERA. Surprising move. I'd think that Startup would have been just as good an option since Ring doesn't have much major league experience. Still, he was dominating in the minors this year and obviously the Braves scouts saw something they liked.
- We finally got the correct version of the Teixeira deal when it was officially announced. The Braves not only sent Matt Harrison, who was reported not to have been included, but added a fifth prospect in southpaw reliever Beau Jones. Jones isn't nearly as big a hit. He was a top high school lefty when the Braves drafted him but he is most certainly moving towards bust territory. Also, the Rangers had offered Tex an eight-year deal worth $140 million and he declined earlier in the season, just to tell you how hard an extension would be to get done.
- The Arroyo deal may be done with the Braves offering Escobar and Reyes and we just aren't hearing about it. Not only would we get a good starter to stick in behind Tim Hudson, but Kelly Johnson would be able to play full time. Seeing one of the top second basemen in baseball being platooned is just weird.
- Rumors and reports were flying around that the Braves were thinking of moving Bob Wickman if the Dotel deal got completed. The Dotel deal was completed and they added Ring. Obviously with a thin reliever market there would be a lot of interest in Wickman. We'll just have to wait and see if anything gets announced.
We can easily say that the Braves were the biggest players on the market this year and Schuerholz did all he could to try and spring this team into a playoff berth. We'll see if it works. Not sure, but I assume Teixeira will be in the lineup for the game tonight.
Also, the Braves purchased the contract of catcher Corky Miller from triple-A Richmond. Miller, 31, will serve as the primary backup to Brian McCann, taking the place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. This is a little surprising. To say Miller is a light-hitting catcher at .210/.342/.320 would be a bit of an understatement. I guess the team wanted to go with his glove over Brayan Pena's bat and less than reliable defense. Still, Clint Sammons seems like a lot more logical of a choice but I guess they want a veteran, who can handle a pitching staff well.