Atlanta Braves trade for Rick Ankiel, Kyle Farnsworth

Man, my titles must be getting redundant.

So the Atlanta Braves picked up Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth for Jesse Chavez, Gregor Blanco, and Tim Collins.

I like the trade for both teams. Rick Ankiel isn’t a great player and doesn’t get on base a whole lot, but he can hit for power. He has a .207 ISO on the year, which is in line with his career ISO of .202. He has a .343 wOBA in 101 PA and ZiPS projects it to be .336 going forward. The Braves really needed an outfielder and while Ankiel isn’t a savior, he’s been better than Melky Cabrera or Nate McLouth. The Braves also added Kyle Farnsworth, who’s been a good reliever since leaving New York. He had a 3.10 FIP in 2009 and has a 3.16 FIP in 44 innings this season. ZiPS thinks he will do well down the stretch with a 3.64 FIP in 21 innings.

Going to KC is Chavez, Blanco, and Collins. Chavez is just a throw in piece. He’s been in the majors for three seasons and hasn’t been good, even as a reliever. Blanco is a 27 year old outfielder, but isn’t that good either. However, he could be a solid role player. He has a good glove and in 633 ML PA’s, he has a .361 OBP. His MiLB on base numbers were really good as well. The one thing holding him back- power. Blanco has never come close to slugging above .400 in his career- at any level.

The interesting piece Tim Collins. He is just a reliever, but at each stop in the minors he’s been lights out good. Go to his MiLB page. Look at his K rates. Holy shit. The dood could be reaaaal good. But as a reliever.

I’d say the Braves got a little bit better and the Royals got all they could have expected to get.

UPDATE: Boston finally makes a move! They traded for Jarrod “this blogger will spell me name wrong” Saltalamacchia. He still maybe might have upside, but I don’t count on it. Just a depth move for Boston.

And the Yankees DFA Chan Ho Park! Oh it’s a glorious day!

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