Well it’s official. The Braves have traded away fan favorite Alex Wood along with top prospect Jose Peraza. The trade was first reported last night and the framework stayed mostly the same. The only throw in was Bronson Arroyo, who the Braves aquired from the Diamond Backs in the Touki Toussiant trade.
The Braves in return will receive highly touted international prospect Hector Olivera, left handed relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez, minor league pitcher Zach Bird, and the 2016 competitive balance draft pick.
The Braves attempted to sign Olivera last winter but ultimately couldn’t afford the price it would take to bring him in. He is much more affordable at this point since the Dodgers paid his $28 million signing bonus. Olivera has batted .387 with a .968 OPS in triple A this year. He is currently recovering from a hamstring injury but could return to action as soon as next week.
Rodriguez has posted a 2.53 ERA throughout the year but has been sidelined May 29 with a lower shoulder strain. Bird has spent this season with at the advanced class A level.
Wood and Peraza were considered building blocks of this organization going forward but have been made expendable due to the young pitching the Braves have aquired in the offseason as well as Ozzie Albies’ recent play. Many scouts didn’t even consider Peraza to be the Braves top prospect anymore mainly due the emergence of Albies. The other pieces in this deal were likely not to return to Atlanta next year anyway and dumping some of Bronson Arroyo’s contract is a plus in this deal. It’s suspected that Arodys Vizcaino will close with the departure of Jim Johnson.
This trade is a risky one mainly because of Olivera’s health concerns but if he can remain healthy he is the cornerstone third baseman the Braves have been seeking and Rodriguez is a nice addition to the Atlanta bullpen.