Atlanta reportedly made two late-night acquisitions on the eve of the trade deadline.
The Brave they add starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Staraccording KRIV’s Mark Bermanand outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Tigersaccording ESPN’s Jeff Passan. In exchange, Atlanta is reportedly sending reliever Will Smith to Houston and major league pitcher Chris Anglin to Detroit.
Atlanta and Houston, who faced off in last year’s World Series, both have positions of power in their trade. The Astros rotation has posted a 3.18 ERA, best in the AL, and also ranks first in the majors in Fangraphs’ version of WAR. The Braves bullpen is a top-five unit by ERA and second-best in the majors by fWAR. The Astros and Braves also rank first and second, respectively, in total pitching fWAR.
Odorizzi has posted a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts for Houston this season, striking out 46 batters and allowing just five home runs in 60 innings. He is making $5 million this season and has a $6.5 million player option for 2023.
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Smith has posted a 4.38 ERA in 41 games, collecting five saves with 41 strikeouts and seven homers allowed in 37 innings. While he was Atlanta’s closer last year, he allowed zero runs in 11 innings during Atlanta’s playoff run, making him only the second reliever ever to complete at least 11 innings in a postseason. But he was usurped by offseason signing Kenley Jansen and fell to Atlanta with the pecking order as the season progressed. He is making $13 million in the final year of his contract.
The Braves were reportedly looking for outfield help after Adam Duvall suffered a season-ending wrist injury. They get it in the form of Grossman, who overall has struggled at the plate this year with a .205/.313/.282 slash line, but has posted a stellar .364/.479/.520 line against left-handed pitchers. He will likely be used in a platoon role in Atlanta while earning a prorated amount of his $5 million salary before entering free agency in the offseason.
Anglin was Atlanta’s 16th-round pick in the ’21 draft. He has posted a 4.64 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings in rookie and Single A ball this season.
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