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Braves Acquire Rick Ankiel And Kyle Farnsworth

The Braves bolstered the depth on their team by acquiring outfielder Rick Ankiel and reliever Kyle Farnsworth from the Royals. In return the Braves send outfielder Gregor Blanco and relievers Jesse Chavez and Tim  Collins to Kansas City.

Atlanta gets two nice upgrades in key spots on their roster. Ankiel can play center field and should be a good upgrade over the struggling Nate McLouth. This is the second time the Braves have traded for Farnsworth, but this time he will not be called on to be their closer, but an upgrade over Jesse Chavez, the weak link in the Braves bullpen.

For full trade reaction, head to Talking Chop.

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