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ATLANTA (AP) From the perspective of manager Brian Snitker Adam Frazier Jersey , the addition of right-hander Kevin Gausman means the Atlanta Braves added help in all the right places for their push to win the NL East.Snitker applauded four trades made by general manager Alex Anthopoulos.”I feel really good,” Snitker said. ”We talked about what you would like to have, and I think he hit all the boxes. Bullpen depth, starting pitcher, maybe a bat off the bench. I think they did a great job.”The Braves acquired Gausman and veteran reliever Darren O’Day from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for four prospects Tuesday. The Braves also added outfielder Adam Duvall, acquired from the Reds late Monday, and relievers Brad Brach and Jonny Venters in the last five days.Atlanta didn’t part with any of its top prospects in the process, either.The Orioles acquired Triple-A right-hander Evan Phillips, Class A infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion and two Double-A prospects – catcher Brett Cumberland and left-hander Bruce Zimmerman. Baltimore also received international signing bonus slot money.”We’re always reluctant to move some of our higher ranked guys,” Anthopoulos said. ”… We like the guys we lost. There are certain guys that are more high-profile. We didn’t go into the trade deadline saying we refuse to move on our top prospects. Certain guys are harder to acquire than others. For the right deal for the right player, we’re open to it.”The Braves entered Tuesday’s trade deadline a half-game behind first-place Philadelphia and five games ahead of third-place Washington in the NL East. The Phillies have also made a push, adding catcher Wilson Ramos and left-hander Aaron Loup on Tuesday after picking up infielder Asdrubal Cabrera last Friday. The Nationals traded away reliever Brandon Kintzler but otherwise stood pat at the deadline.”We were just trying to make the team better,” Anthopoulos said. ”Obviously it’s going to be a tight race in the East. Philadelphia made some nice moves. The Nats, we know how talented they are. … It’s going to be tough. We want to win the division, as all the other teams do, but even the wild card is going to be challenging.”Duvall joined the team Tuesday and has been designated for a platoon role, with most of his starts coming against left-handers. He’ll play left field, with rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. moving to center and Ender Inciarte moving to the bench against left-handers.Duvall http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , hitting .205 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs, also gives the team a powerful pinch-hitter.Duvall said the platoon role ”doesn’t really matter to me.””I’m excited to be here,” he said. ”However they use me, I’ll go in there and do my best and hopefully win some ballgames.”O’Day had season-ending surgery on his left hamstring July 12 and was acquired to be part of Atlanta’s 2019 bullpen.Gausman, 27, was 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 21 games started for Baltimore. He is under team control through 2020.”Really excited to go to a team that’s playing really well right now, playing meaningful games,” Gausman said, adding he was excited about his role after talking with Anthopoulos.”I think it’s a good fit,” Gausman said. ”After talking to their GM, I think they really liked me and have some things that can help me.”This is the second deal between the teams in three days. Atlanta acquired Brach from Baltimore for an international signing slot Sunday.Gausman adds experience to a rotation that has lost rookie Mike Soroka and right-hander Brandon McCarthy to injuries.Anthopoulos said he didn’t feel he had to add a starting pitcher because he likes the depth provided by prospects, including left-hander Kolby Allard, promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his debut Tuesday night against Miami.”We were just looking at the right value and the right deal,” Anthopoulos said.Allard is expected to be sent back to Gwinnett following Tuesday night’s game.— Slugging depth? Sure, why not!"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameHot StoveCincinnati Reds RumorsCincinnati Reds claim 1B/OF Jordan Patterson from New York MetsNew,17commentsSlugging depth? Sure, why not!ByWick Terrell@wickterrellNov 29, 2018 Ivan Nova Jersey ,2:36pm ESTShareTweetShareShareCincinnati Reds claim 1B/OF Jordan Patterson from New York MetsJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsUp top there is a picture of 1B/OF Jordan Patterson wearing a Colorado Rockies uniform. The headline, though, says the Cincinnati Reds claimed him off waivers from the New York Mets, which is admittedly confusing. To clear things up a bit, just know that there are no photos of Patterson in a Mets uniform, since he spent a grand total of two days on the Mets roster, as they just claimed him from Colorado on Tuesday.Today, Patterson’s changing teams again, as the Reds became the second team to claim him this week.Patterson, 26, has hit a lot of dingers in his professional career, though every single one of them has come in the minor leagues. He did manage a 19 game cameo with the Rockies back in 2016, but has otherwise plied his trade with AAA Albuquerque, mashing 26 Pacific Coast League dingers in each of the last two seasons. There’s a strong sense that’s the level where his true talent will peak, but he certainly adds some slugging depth to the Reds.Interestingly enough, Patterson is a product of the University of South Alabama, where he was plucked by the Rockies in the 4th round back in 2013. Know who else is a University of South Alabama product? New Reds hitting coach Turner Ward.If it feels like the Reds make moves like this every year, you’re not wrong. The likes of Christian Walker and Richie Shaffer were claimed in similar moves in previous years http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , only to eventually move on as they become roster fodder. By this point in their careers, these guys are on the fringe of being able to elect minor league free agency, are out of options, or both, and teams generally will try to claim them, pass them through waivers, and keep them in the system as a non-rostered guy, which is what I’m assuming the Reds are doing since their roster now sits at a full 40 players ahead of December’s Rule 5 Draft.It’s likely a non-newsy move, as were the ones that landed Walker and Shaffer in prior editions. Sometimes, though, the on-paper version of these AAAA sluggers turn into diamonds in the rough, like the Los Angeles Dodgers found with Max Muncy just this year. Those are some really, ridiculously long odds, though.
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