The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves hooked up on their second trade in the last two weeks, only this one actually happened and didn’t involve pitcher Ryan Dempster. The Cubs sent outfielder Reed Johnson and starter Paul Maholm to the Braves for minor league pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
Maholm has started 20 games for the Cubs this season and posted a 3.74 ERA, 4.11 FIP and 4.19 xFIP. Over his last six starts, the former Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander hasn’t allowed more than one earned run. The Braves will now hold a $6.5 million option on him for the 2013 season. Johnson has appeared in 76 games for the Cubs this season with a .302/.355/.444 line. He will be a great addition as a right-handed bat off the bench, and can play all three outfield positions.
Maholm will likely take Jair Jurrjens spot in the Braves rotation. Jurrjens has struggled in his last two starts, allowing 14 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Maholm has had success pitching at Turner Field in his career. In his five starts in that ballpark, he has allowed only six earned runs in 32 innings.