Monday, August 01, 2005

Help on the way

So, the Braves did make a deal for a reliever – Kyle Farnsworth.

This deal is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, I think it's a great move. Farnsworth is having an excellent year. He's been inconsistent in the past, and temperamental. He's been accused of too often just trying to throw the ball by people and not pitch to them. He throws very fast but doesn't get much movement – doubtless one reason he's allowed homeruns at unacceptable rates at times.

Is there a better place for a talented pitcher who hasn't put it all together than Atlanta? Methinks this could be the start of a beautiful relationship. I like Ramon Colon, but I think it's a price worth paying. Zach Minor was a middling prospect at best. So I think the Braves got a good deal here.

Apparently, this thing had been in the works for days as the Braves and Tigers haggled over the exact terms. Amazingly, but not particularly surprisingly, we never heard a peep about it. Schuerholtz often manages to operate under the radar. I don't know if keeping this quiet helped keep the deal reasonable for the Braves. Can Farnsworth close? I'm not sure we need him too (though we must be mindful of Reitsma's arm). I don't know if he has the makeup to do the 9tn inning thing. Which is interesting, because the setup guy may well face more tough spots than the closer in a given season. It's becoming trendy to bring your closer in before the ninth when the game calls for it. If you're facing the heart of the order and up a run, you don't seal the deal in the ninth, you seal it there. I'm happy pitching him as a setup guy for now.

The trade wound up the yummy (chocolate) icing on the Sunday victory cake. Farnsworth is a needed addition to the bullpen, particularly with Powel's nasty and unfortunate injury.


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