The Atlanta Braves saw one earlier deal with the Chicago Cubs fall apart, but it appears they have acquired outfielder Reed Johnson and left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm. The Braves had been looking for a bench bat and starting pitcher.
No word on which prospects will be headed to Chicago in exchange for the two. It is believed at this time that none of Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, Mike Minor and Sean Gilmartin will be included. Delgado was originally set to be traded for Ryan Dempster last week.
Here is FOX Sports with the confirmation.
Source: Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson dealt to— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2012
Johnson will be a great addition to the Braves bench. He is a right-handed outfielder with a career .313 batting average and .838 OPS against lefties, who have given Atlanta problems all season.
Maholm is a solid option at the back of the rotation. He has been on a roll lately, pitching to the tune of a perfect 5-0 record and 1.03 ERA since June 29. He has been prone to home run balls this season, but a move to spacious Turner Field should help greatly.
More to come shortly.
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