With Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline behind us, the demolition of the Baltimore Orioles is complete. Before the 4 p.m. ET cut-off, Baltimore made two more trades. They sent second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers with just minutes remaining on the clock. Before that, they sent starting pitcher Kevin Gausman to the Atlanta Braves.
But that wouldn’t be all, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal:
“Source: Braves sending Encarnacion, Cumberland, Phillips and Zimmerman to Orioles for Gausman and Darren O’Day.”
In Gausman, the Braves get a former top prospect (top 20 ahead of 2014). And in O’Day, a solid reliever to help the back end of their bullpen.
That said, Gausman is yet to reach said potential at the major league level. Over parts of six seasons, he holds a 4.22 ERA, 4.15 FIP and 4.18 DRA. That’d be solid for a No. 4 or 5 starters, but Gausman once projected well beyond that. It might be enough that he’s getting out of Baltimore, though. After all, they don’t have a particularly glowing track record as of late when it comes to developing arms. Now in at Atlanta and not turning 28 until January, the Braves also have Gausman under team control for two more seasons after this one.
As for O’Day, the 35-year-old continues to chug along. He’s only pitched 20 innings this season, but to the tune of a solid 3.60 ERA, 3.49 FIP and 3.66 DRA. He’s striking out 32.5 percent of opposing batters — a career-high — while walking just 4.8 percent of them, which would be a career-low. And, the Braves didn’t have to give up any of their top prospects to make this deal.
They’re currently just a half-game back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. They’re 56-47 on the season, and also just a half-game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second wild card spot.
The Braves might be going for it, but they’re doing so in a wise way.