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Two Waiver-Wire Surprises

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Some interesting news in the Braves press release for today. The Braves have claimed 25-year old infielder Ruben Gotay off waivers from the Mets. Gotay -- a switch hitter-- played in 98 games for New York this past season, boasting a very solid line of .295/.351/.421. He has a beautiful swing and should really strengthen our bench, however his defense is suspect and he is pretty much limited to second and third. The other news is that Scott Thorman was placed on waivers and surprisingly, cleared waivers. He has been outrighted to Richmond. I'm shocked that not one team was willing to take a chance on the power-hitting firstbaseman, despite his struggles in the majors. His raw power is incredible and you'd think one team would be willing to see if he could put it together and be a decent power bat off the bench. These could mean a couple of things for the Braves bench. Who is going to be the backup firstbaseman? None of the options have much experience at the position. Brayan Pena could stay on if Brent Lillibridge is sent down, they could be thinking of using Borchard as the backup, or they may be thinking of using Gotay as the primary backup. The other option is of course a trade, which I would not be surprised to see at all. At least we won't have to wait too long to find out.

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