Out of options, Tony Pena Jr. would have likely had to face waivers as a longshot to make the team. John Schuerholz has taken the possibility of losing him for nothing out of the equation by trading him to ex-Braves assistant GM Dayton Moore and the Royals for righty starter Erik Cordier.
Cordier, the Royals 2nd round pick (63rd overall) in the 2004 June Draft, is a 6'3" pitcher whose fastball can touch 98 mph. Cordier has unfortunately run into quite a few injury problems over the course of his career. At only 21 years of age, Cordier already missed all of 2005 with a knee injury and will most likely miss the entire 2007 season due to Tommy John surgery. I'm not sure of the plan for him once he does retur. With the depth of low-level pitching talent the Braves possess, Cordier could be converted into a power reliever.
Cordier has been limited to only 21 starts in the three years since he was drafted, but did post a 2.91 ERA in 52.2 IP with 42 Ks, 17 BBs, and an impressive .198 BAA between two class-A teams. Cordier is already throwing again and will most likely target the Fall Instructional League for his return. He probably ranks right around Anthony Lerew as far as the Braves prospects.
Overall a pretty nice trade for Schuerholz. He picks up a high upside guy rather than the nothing we would have recieved had he hit waivers. The only problems is that there is about a 50/50 chance he ever makes an impact at the major league level.