I’ve said it 100 times, Alex Anthopoulos is the best at his job because he can find value anywhere. He’s a genius at bringing in guys the casual fan has never heard of who end up making a significant impact, and I believe he’s done it again with these signings.
Not only did the Braves add Phill Gosselin on a minor-league pact, they also signed Brock Holt, Brad Brach, and Nick Vincent, according to their transaction log.
Holt made an All-Star game back in 2015 and also won a World Series with the team. He’s a utility infielder that can provide solid organizational depth, much like Gosselin.
Brach spent a half-year with the Braves back in 2018 and was lights out, posting a 1.52 ERA in 27 appearances. But he signed with the Cubs the following season and hasn’t been the same pitcher since. Last year, Brach recorded a 6.30 ERA in 35 appearances for the Reds. We will see if the change of scenery can help him find his form.
Vincent has actually been a very productive reliever over his career, posting a 3.30 ERA across 10 seasons. Last year, he appeared in seven games for the Twins and recorded a minuscule 0.71 ERA. Obviously, the sample size was small, but he has the potential to make an impact at the major-league level.
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