The MLB Breaking News tonight comes from Milwaukee. They have sent shortstop Orlando Arcia to the Atlanta Braves for two pitching prospects.
MLB Breaking News: Which team came out on top?
This would have drawn question marks from both sides in regards to the business. Brewers give up their potential starting shortstop for another two pitching prospects, whilst the Braves are currently covered in that position with Dansby Swanson.
So who comes out on top? Or more importantly, what do each team gain?
On the face of it, the Brewers have picked up another two prospect arms. On the other side of it, they have picked up two big pitchers (6’7″, and 6’6″) with decent upside each. Chad Sobotka has had the experience in the Majors, thus will provide another option from the bullpen. He has a decent strikeout rate, plus flashes 98 mph with his 4-seam fastball. Sobotka also has a slider and cutter, as well as some use of a changeup to complete his arsenal.
Patrick Weigel is well regarded in the Braves’ system, ranked 12th in MLB Pipeline’s recent Braves prospects list. However, he comes to the Brewers as a decent upside arm. Coincidentally, he was also drafted by the Brewers back in 2014, before he committed to the University of Houston.
Originally a starting pitcher before Tommy John surgery in 2017, he could become another useful bullpen arm that could see some action in 2021. Weigel and Sobotka will both join the Alternate Site camp.
The Braves pick up a versatile infielder that would serve as a decent backup to both Swanson and Ozzie Albies. He could be used from the bench, as well as filling holes as and when required in the infield.
Although he hit 15 home runs in both 2017 and 2019, Arcia hasn’t set the world alight in Milwaukee. A disappointing .244 average across his five years in the Majors, plus some questionable defensive displays led the Brewers to lead with Luis Urias in the shortstop position this season.
Arcia is a talented infielder with plenty to give. He could prove valuable as a pinch-hitter/cover at shortstop. He has served the Brewers well and should thrive with his new challenge.
MLB Breaking News: Final Summary
Both teams will be excited about their new acquisitions. Arcia will aid the Braves as cover for their current infield, whilst the two pitching prospects could be Major League-ready bullpen arms that may make appearances in 2021. It will be interesting to see how this trade plays out but there can’t be much negative from either side.
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