Jonny Venters has been one of the best stories in baseball this season and what better to top everything off than to return to the team where he had the most success? There is nothing to be upset with in this trade as the Braves bring back a fan favorite to Atlanta and only part with an international signing bonus pool slot which they most likely would not have used anyways.
The normally reliable Anibal Sanchez and normally reliable Braves defense were nowhere to be found Thursday night. The team had a rough go of it against Rich Hill and the Los Angeles offense was clicking on all cylinders as it has done so often lately.
One of the Braves most intriguing young arms, Max Fried, is ready to make his return from a DL stint. The big lefty was placed on the DL due to a blister and has made a couple rehab starts on his way to a start on Saturday with the big league club.
The Braves have reportedly had discussions with the Blue Jays centered around starter Marcus Stroman. Stroman is a Duke product from Braves country and Atlanta is in need of a frontline starter so this marriage only makes a ton of sense.
Atlanta is not only checking in on Stroman apparently, but also has at least inquired about Cole Hamels (prior to his trade to Chicago). This is a good sign that the Braves are at least going hard after starting rotation help with a playoff possibility in mind.
The Braves rank eight prospects on MLB Pipeline’s latest top 100 prospect rankings which is tied for the most of any team. This really is a testament to the depth of the Braves system which has consistently been ranked within the top five clubs in all of baseball over the past 3-4 seasons despite constantly graduating top talent to the majors.
The rich get richer? It would appear the Yankees are going all in this season as if that were not already clear. The team did suffer a setback yesterday, but Happ is a solid starter who will definitely help New York to make the playoffs.
The Cubs did a little to help their own rotation in hopes of securing a spot in October by adding Cole Hamels to their team. Hamels was on the Braves radar per reports, but things apparently never got serious enough and Chicago cashed in.
Those poor Yankees right? Star right fielder Aaron Judge will be on the shelf a couple weeks for the bombers after fracturing his wrist. There is a possibility that Judge will miss even more than three weeks, but he will miss three weeks at the minimum. This obviously is a shock to the Yankee lineup, but doesn’t necessarily put them out of the playoff race with all the firepower they still boast.