ATLANTA – The world champions Atlanta Braves bolstered their core team ahead of Tuesday’s trading deadline by shedding a loyalist who played a big role in their 2021 title.
In preparation for another round after the season ends, the former Braves get closer will Smith To the Houston Astros to get the right hand Jake Odoresegiving Atlanta a sixth starting throw for the final two months of the regular season.
The move was the largest of three final deals pulled by general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who on Monday ceded minor guards to a cornerback. Robbie Grossman From Detroit and player Ayer Adrianza from Washington.
Atlanta, with the third-best record in the NL and going into Tuesday’s games behind the New York Mets leading East by 3 1/2 games, was looking for additional depth of circulation.
Ian Anderson Struggle and all the stars before Mike Soroka He seems unlikely to make a significant contribution this season after two 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 has played a major role in the Braves’ first World Championship since 1995. He made 37 saves during the 2021 regular season and was most dominant in the post-season, throwing 11 goalless runs with six saves in more than 11 games.
But Smith willingly gave up the ninth inning when the Braves fell for a long time closer 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 was especially consumed with three other left – AJMinterAnd the Tyler Matz And the Dylan Lee – Prove more effective out of Bullpen. Also, the closest former Padres Kirby Yates He looks close to returning to the big leagues with the Braves after recovering from Tommy John’s surgery.
AL West’s leading Astros grabbed the bowler who was on the hill for the deciding game of the Braves’ World Championship win over Houston last season.
The Astros have a glut to start with and can give up on Odorizzi, especially to get a much-needed left for the Bulls. Smith earns $13 million in the last year of his contract probably. He has a $13 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout deal.
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.
Odorizzi has missed 42 games with a lower left leg injury and has tied 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five stars since returning to the Houston rotation. In his last rounds, he succumbed to two strokes in seven smooth runs against Seattle.
The Braves can use six starters on an upcoming three-city road trip that includes a pair of double heads. Then, they can go with Odorizzi as a spot start to give everyone an extra pre-season break, or make a change if someone gets stuck.
The 24-year-old Anderson was a huge disappointment, going 9-6 with the 4.99 ERA, although he boosted his chances of staying in the rotation by giving up just one stroke over six goalless innings against the national team on his final start . .
Wright has thrived this season, leading the NL in wins to align with the 2.93 ERA. But he threw 122 2/3 innings, close to his professional high at 143 1/3 set last season while mostly competing in Triple-A Gwinnett.
Strider’s hard-throwing Stryder made a very successful transition to the Braves turn, going 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 appearances including 11 starts.
But Strider scored 80 1/3 innings, not far from the 96 1/3 he made a year ago as he made a meteoric rise from Low-A to the big leagues in his first professional season.
It looks like the Odorizzi deal, which has a $6.5 million buyout option for 2023 and a minimum buyout of $3.25 million that could grow based on the innings throw over 2021-22, will complete the Braves wish list before the deadline.
The Astros were also busy on deadline, taking home catcher Christian Vasquez of Boston and champion Tre Mancini of the Orioles.