Feb 27, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters (39) against the Detroit Tigers during the a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jonny Venters Trade Rumors


Late Wednesday afternoon we heard Ken Rosenthal report that the Atlanta Braves will listen on trades talks involving relief pitcher Jonny Venters.  Then the Twitter world blew up….

March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters (39) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Most claimed they wouldn’t want the Braves to trade Venters, others didn’t see the need for it, few said they wouldn’t mind the trade and a couple said to include other prospects to gain an upgrade at the 3B position.

What I think is the Braves should trade Jonny Venters!  And this is why…

I believe this is a great opportunity not only for the Braves but also for Jonny Venters.  The Braves could be in a great spot with their bullpen this season even without Venters with the improvements of Luis Avilan and the addition of Jordan Walden.  Eric O’Flatery and Walden currently have minor injuries but hopefully be back in the bullpen by the start of the season.  The Braves could sell Venters at an extremely high cost to other teams because he has experience as a closer and probably could be closer for most teams, even the Braves if not for Craig Kimbrel.

From the trades in previous years and the offseason Justin Upton trade, the Braves minor league system is a little weak.  This would be a great opportunity to strengthen the minor league teams.  With teams willing to overpay for relief pitchers, I see the Braves getting multiple prospects or a top prospect in return.  If a team would be willing to part ways with a top 2B or 3B prospect for Venters, I would say absolutely do this.

This is also a great chance for Venters to prove himself as a closer at the major league level.  The 27-year-old has 6 career saves but does have 11 blown saves…but hopefully a team that wants to offer a top prospect doesn’t read that.

The Braves will listen to trade talks through the upcoming weeks but only if the price is right should the Braves be willing to part ways and not just to trade him.




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  • http://www.bible-tech.com/ Justin A

    I say trade Venters and one of those “almost” 3B players. We need a real everyday caliber 3B, cause you know Uggla is going to put up awful numbers again.

    • fireboss

      The third base market is so thin you can see through it.
      The only potential targets are Headley who will cost a lost more than
      Venters alone and prospects that will also require a big haul. Lost of teams need them and like all things in scarce supply the price is very high.

      • Jeff Schafer

        The third base market it incredible thin and teams know this. If their were studs out there that teams would be willing to part ways with I’d be all for the Venters and one of our 3B for a great 3B.

        The Braves will only listen to calls right now, it’s not like they are making the calls. Some teams are desperate for a closer especially a lefty.

        I think we can resign EOF at the end of the year if not through the year. He shouldn’t ask for that large of a contract, but I could be wrong about that.

  • Bobby Cox

    You’re an idiot.

  • fireboss

    The left hander to trade is EOF he’ll bring a nice return and is a free agent after this year. Right now his back makes that return small but the Tigers need someone who can close and EOF could do that. What they have to offer I don’t know. I doubt Venters would be cheap, he’s under control and might bring three or four prospects back. That might convince Wren to restock our depleted minor league everyday player pool.

  • Lee Trocinski

    I don’t see Venters bringing back too much, maybe a #50-60 overall prospect and not much else. 6 saves does not constitute “experience closing,” and he’s coming off his worst season of his 3-year career.

    On a side note, blown saves can happen any time a pitcher comes in and would get credit for a save if he finishes the game. Venters could come in the 7th inning with a guy on 3rd with no outs with a one-run lead, and if that run scores, it’s a blown save. When you add his holds with his saves, he’s held 85 of 96 leads in his career, so those 11 blown saves don’t look so bad.

    • fireboss

      It can only be a blown save if it’s a save opportunity. Otherwise he blew a hold not a save and I think the only place that shows up is in his inherited runner and era stats.. I don’t think JV has closer mentality yet. He may be a guy who gets it late or he may be a guy who can’t go out there and shut out the bad night and ends up an 8th inning guy. I do think he has worth however. His stuff is well known and he’s left handed, those things will always make him more valuable than a right hander with similar issues. He isn’t a 5 player blockbuster kind of asset but he would bring 2 or 3 prospects at least one a top level prospect.

      • Lee Trocinski

        Venters had 3 blown “saves” last year, one in the 8th, one in the 7th, and one in the 6th. He came in with a lead and a chance to get the save and he gave it up, so it’s a blown save.

        • fireboss

          A stat that makes no sense. If you can’t earn a save you can’t blow a save. Pitcher enters in the 6th ahead one, gives up a run gets a blown save. Bottom of the inning his team score 5 and the team goes on to win so he also gets the win. Completely useless and illogical stat that has nothing to do with how he’d perform in real save situations.

          • Lee Trocinski

            I agree. Shutdowns and meltdowns (+/- 0.06 WPA in an outing) are better.