The Braves have acquired 34-year old righty reliever Kyle Farnsworth, 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rick Ankiel and cash from the Royals for 26-year old righty reliever Jesse Chavez, 26-year old outfielder Gregor Blanco and 20-year old lefty reliever Tim Collins. Farnsworth has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) this year for the Royals and he was 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has now pitched in 690 games (26 starts) in his 12 years in the majors and he is 34-53 with 27 saves, a 4.36 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. The Braves hope that Farnsworth pitches like he did in 2005 for them when he worked in 26 games (0 starts) and was 0-0 with 10 saves, a 1.98 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Rick Ankiel has played in 27 games this season for the Royals and he is 24 of 92 (.261 avg, .784 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs. Ankiel has now played in 369 games in his major league career and he is 286 of 1,136 (.252 avg, .765 OPS) with 169 runs scored, 53 homers, 172 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.
Jesse Chavez has not pitched too well for the Braves this year. Chavez pitched in 28 games (0 starts) for the Braves this year and he was 3-2 with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Gregor Blanco played in 36 games for the Braves this year and he was 18 of 58 (.310 avg, .756 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Blanco played in 204 games in his three years with the Braves and he was 134 of 531 (.252 avg, .670 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 1 homer, 42 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Tim Collins came over from the Blue Jays in the Alex Gonzalez trade. Collins pitched in 6 games in AA-ball for the Braves and he was 0-0 with 2 saves, a 1.12 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Collins has pitched in 41 games (0 starts) overall in AA-ball this year and he is 1-0 with 11 saves, a 2.29 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
I like this deal for the Braves who are trying to win right now. Farnsworth adds another power arm to the pen and Ankiel as a lefty power bat to the outfield mix. The Braves might wish that they could have kept Collins down the road but it was still a good deal for them.