ATLANTA – Seeking to replicate the deals that helped carry them to the world title in 2021, the Atlanta Braves have added a new starting player, strengthened their bases and increased the size of the playing field ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.
After getting the corner player Robbie Grossman From the Detroit Tigers late on Monday, general manager Alex Anthopoulos kicked off the day to finalize a deal that brought in the right hand Jake Odorese From the Houston Astros vs. the former nearest Atlanta will Smith.
The bargain spree, which also included Monday’s lesser-known deal that brought Washington player Ehair Adrianza back to Atlanta to help fill the time. Ozzy Albis Recovering from a broken foot, he reminds us of the moves Anthopoulos accomplished in the 2021 deadline.
Only the brave can hope that they will lead to the same result.
A year ago, with the field battered by injuries, off-field issues and failed predictions, Anthopoulos managed to put together an all-new unit with trade deadlines. Jorge SolerAnd the Eddie Rosario And the Adam Duvalalong with the acquisition of Jock Pederson two weeks ago.
The four played key roles in the Braves as they claimed their first World Championship title since 1995. Rosario was the best player in the National League Championship Series, while Soler took that honor in a World Championship win over the Astros.
The Odorizzi Brave deal cost another big part of the championship team.
Smith had 37 saves for the Braves during the 2021 regular season and a dominant postseason, throwing 11 goalless runs with six saves over 11 games.
But Smith willingly gave up the ninth inning when the Braves signed the Dodgers long ago Kenley Jansen During the rest period, the lefty stumbled into a less prominent role.
In 41 appearances, Smith was 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA and five saves, resulting in 35 hits—including seven holders—and 21 walks over the course of 37 runs for a WHIP of 1.514.
In his last four games with the Braves, Smith has given up six runs in three rounds. He’s earning $13 million in what is likely the final year of his contract, which includes a $13 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout deal.
Despite his struggles, it was hard for manager Brian Snicker and the rest of the game to see Smith go.
“He was a huge part of that team,” Snicker said. “When you go through what we went through last year together and come out on top, there’s a link there. There’s a spot in your heart for guys like that.”
Atlanta, with the third-best record in the NL and going into Tuesday’s trailing East leaders New York Mets 3 1/2 games, was willing to part with Smith to provide another rotation option.
Ian Anderson Struggle and all the stars before Mike Soroka He seems unlikely to contribute much this season after major Achilles tendon injuries. Also, there are fears that the winner of 13 matches Kyle Wrightin his first full season in the big league, and a sense of rookie Spencer Strider You can tire at a stretch.
Smith was consumable with three more effective left – AJMinterAnd the Tyler Matz And the Dylan Lee – In Bullpen that can receive more support from the former Padres closest Kirby Yateswho is close to returning to the major leagues after Tommy John’s surgery.
The Braves seem to have finished dealing, but Anthopoulos made a last-minute deal for another savior with extensive experience closer.
The 32-year-old Iglesias held the role over four seasons at Cincinnati before moving to the Angels in 2021. The right-back hit a career high with 34 assists, and added 16 again this season with 4.04 ERA, 1,065 lashes and 48 strokes. In 35 2/3 stroke.
“It came so late, there were only two minutes left,” said Anthopoulos. “We were afraid it wouldn’t get done.”
The Braves made the deal with a side mired in a dismal season, even though it meant getting the bulk of Iglesias’ $58 million four-year contract signed pre-season. He is set to make $16 million for each of the next three seasons.
Iglesias said of the trade: “It surprised me. I hope we are in a better place now. I hope to help the brave to win. I will prepare. It will be great to be with this team and to compete.”
The 38-year-old effectively introduced the Braves after taking possession of the Cubs in April, drawing 1-1 with 2.11 ERA in 31 games. Now he’s moving to his third team of the season, in a deal with a left-handed 26-year-old whose biggest claim to fame was getting a surprising start to last year’s World Championship.
Davidson only lasted two rounds against the Astros, and has spent most of this season in Triple-A. In four games with the Braves, he was 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA.
Odorizzi, 32, was the all-star with Minnesota in 2019, when he racked up 15 career wins. He went 4-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Astros this season, missing a long time with a lower left leg injury.
In his most recent appearance, Odorizzi surrendered by two strokes in seven goal-free rounds against Seattle.
The Braves can use six starters on an upcoming three-city road trip that includes a pair of double heads. Then, Odorizzi might become the starting point to give everyone extra pre-season relief, or step into a regular spot if someone stumbles.
24-year-old Anderson is 9-6 with a 4.99 ERA, although he boosted his chances of staying in the rotation by giving up just one stroke over six goalless rounds against the Nationals in his final start.
Odorizzi has a player option of $6.5 million for 2023 and a minimum purchase of $3.25 million that can grow based on roles rolled out over the course of 2021-22.
Grossman, the substitution hitter who was most effective against the left-handed, gives the Braves an outside player who can join left-handed hitter Rosario and serve as a replacement for Duvall, who recently had wrist surgery at the end of the season.
“What a team here, and I’m lucky enough to be a part of it,” Grossman said before a match against Velez. “I’m just going to come here and be me and do everything I can to help this team win.”