Amidst the chaos in last night’s ballgame, the Braves made a deal with the Seattle Mariners. They shipped one of their hottest pitchers in Triple AAA to Seattle for cash considerations. Don’t get too worked up though…It was not as bad of a trade as it sounds.
Andrew Albers posted a 2.61 ERA in Gwinnett with a record of 12-3 in 17 starts and was given away for just some cash. Even though it sounds like a bad trade considering his numbers and what the Braves got in return, it was actually a smart move by John Coppolella. Albers has made a few starts in the Majors with the Twins, going 2-5 with a 4.41 ERA. He is 31 years old, and the Braves really have no need for him with all of the younger pitching prospects waiting to be called upon. He doesn’t fit the Braves system with his age and has already failed in some previous attempts in the major leagues.
Atlanta received cash in return and got rid of some owed money in the process. Also, it makes room in the Triple AAA rotation where we should see Kolby Allard fill in or possibly, Mike Soroka. The Mariners needed this trade after the injuries that they have had to deal with in their rotation. Felix Hernandez was placed on the DL and expected to miss at least four weeks, and their most recent injury that landed James Paxton on the DL with a pectoral strain put them in need of a starting pitcher.
So in reality this trade works out for everyone. The Braves now have more money and the Mariners got a starting pitcher that they are solely in need of. This also works out for Andrew Albers, as he was not going to get any playing time in the Majors with the Braves but will now most likely get the call with the Mariners.
All-in-all, this isn’t a huge trade and Braves fans need to get out of their mind that this guy is a stud, thinking that Atlanta gave up a lot for nothing. Now the next question is… Who will move up the ladder on their way to the Majors?? Kolby Allard?.. Mike Soroka??