The Braves remained shockingly silent at the trade deadline, but that was in large part due to the fact that the players they were attempting to deal have a good chance of clearing waivers.
Prior to Tuesday night’s series opener against the Dodgers, the Braves began the overturn of their roster by calling up 20-year old second base prospect Ozzie Albies. He got the start last night, and manager Brian Snitker said he will be the team’s starting second baseman for the time being. Brandon Phillips will play some third base and Matt Adams will play some left field while Matt Kemp remains on the DL. Freddie Freeman will also move back to his primary position of first base.
Even when Kemp does return, and the Braves are in no hurry to rush him back, Albies will likely remain the team’s starting second baseman. Atlanta has been and is still actively trying to move Brandon Phillips, but if they cannot, he will serve as more of a utilitarian back up.
Today, the Braves placed both R.A Dickey and Jim Johnson on revocable waivers. If they both clear waivers, Atlanta can trade them to any team prior to August 31st deadline at midnight.
The monthlong parade of waiver requests started with R.A. Dickey and Jim Johnson.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) August 2, 2017
Most teams will place a lot of their players on waivers, but it does not mean they are going anywhere. The Braves will likely take anything they can get for Johnson, but Dickey is a bit of a different story. He has had a very nice year for Atlanta and is signed through next season. He could be a valuable veteran that could eat innings at the end of the rotation next year while the young pitchers are still getting accustomed to the big leagues.
Atlanta has spiraled out of playoff contention over their last ten games, losing nine of them. However, this might be the most exciting time of the year for Braves fans. Whether some of these veterans are able to be moved are not, the young guys are going to start to get their chances. The future is beginning now.