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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Braves revamp outfield with deals for Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall

The Atlanta Braves entered Friday with a 51-52 record on the season, putting them four games back in the National League East and eight back in the wild-card hunt. Despite already acquiring Joc Pederson this month as a means of trying to fill the Ronald Acuña Jr. void, Atlanta swung a trio of deals ahead of the trade deadline to improve their outfield depth chart: first adding the injured Eddie Rosario in a swap with Cleveland that will send reserve Pablo Sandoval to the Midwest, then reacquiring Adam Duvall from the Miami Marlins in for catcher Alex Jackson. The Braves later beat the buzzer to add Jorge Soler from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for righty Kasey Kalich, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Braves also acquired right-handed reliever Richard Rodriguez from the Pittsburgh Pirates, again per Passan.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:52 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: adam duvall, braves, eddie rosario, jorge soler, pablo sandoval, richard rodriguez, royals

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   1. The Duke Posted: July 31, 2021 at 08:38 AM (#6031889)
This seemed like a really good haul for them. Pederson, soler, Duvall, Rosario can all platoon and it materially deepened their bench. And they desperately needed a good bullpen arm.

I could see the Braves taking the division with these acquisitions
   2. JJ1986 Posted: July 31, 2021 at 09:30 AM (#6031891)
That's a lot of corner outfielders to roster.
   3. bfan Posted: July 31, 2021 at 10:21 AM (#6031899)
Someone has to play center. I assume it is Duvall when he starts.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6031905)
Can Soler really play OF? I thought he was a natural DH?
   5. bfan Posted: July 31, 2021 at 11:55 AM (#6031908)
If soler cannot play the field then he takes the Panda spot on the roster, which gets less painful in 4 and a half weeks when the rosters expand slightly.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:10 PM (#6031909)
If soler cannot play the field

If you believe UZR, he's just regular bad -8 runs/150. If you believe DRS, he's a train wreck -46 runs in about two seasons worth of innings.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 08:18 PM (#6031957)
He has improved from "comically bad" to "typically bad."

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