Braves Trade For Reliever Scott Linebrink

Per the AJC.com, the Braves acquired reliever Scott Linebrink from the Chicago White Sox. The Braves gave up talented (though not top-echelon) prospect pitcher Kyle Cofield.

Linebrink is in the last year of a four year deal. He’s still owed $5.5 million, but the White Sox are throwing in some cash to help offset the salary.

A few years ago I would have been shouting from the rooftops over this one. Linebrink isn’t the pitcher he once was, as his 4.40 ERA and only 52 strikeouts in over 57 innings would attest.

Frank Wren was quoted as saying that the Braves still liked Linebrink’s stuff and that the Braves were looking for him to fill the leadership role held by Billy Wagner in 2010.

If the White Sox covered enough of his salary to ensure the Braves can still address their bench issues, then I guess this looks like another good deal. What do you think?

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Billy Wagner, Braves, Chicago White Sox, Frank Wren, Scott Linebrink

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  • http://redwhiteandbraves.mlblogs.com/ Merlin

    The Sox gave us 1.5 million (too little) with Scott. I’ve looked at his numbers and suspect they will improve in the NL BUT he has to stop throwing up gopher balls. If Roger can get that fixed I think he’s ok. If not he’ll be our mop up guy too. Frank Wren is not my favorite GM> I think folks often leave him after a deal without even telling him they love him. I hope this isn’t one of those times for my sake. My heart can’t stand Farnsworth redux.

    • Bob Horton

      I agree that $1.5 million is too light; you should get more production than this for a net $4 million.

      I can’t quite get my arms around Wren. His people skills are atrocious, IMO. I don’t think he’s pulled off any truly outstanding deals, but he hasn’t given away half the farm system for Texeira either. I also tend to cut him a little slack based on ownership demands. I think Patrik likes him less than I do; he might even blog on that soon.

      Bob

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