Cubs Trade Maholm, Johnson to Braves
By Richard Janvrin-TRST Senior MLB Analyst Follow Richard on Twitter: @RJanvrin3_TRST
The Chicago Cubs have traded starter Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
Maholm, 30 has been very inconsistent in his career, but this season with the Cubs he’s really put it together. This season, he’s 9-6 with 3.74 ERA and an ERA south of 1.00 in his last seven starts. Maholm has a $6.5MM team option after this season.
Johnson, 35 is playing out of his mind this season. He’s playing like he’s 10 years younger. Through 75 games, Johnson has posted a line of .307/.361/.452 with 3 HR and 16 RBI. Johnson is projected to serve as the Braves 4th OF option.
The Cubs are getting Arodys Vizcaino, who before this season and before needing Tommy John surgery, was the 40th ranked prospect in all of baseball. He has had minimal major league service time in 2011, but in his minor league career he’s been very impressive. He’s gone 19-15 in his minor league career with a 2.91 ERA.
Chapman, 25, was drafted way back in 2005 in the 16th round by the Atlanta Braves. He’s 17-22 in his minor league career with a 3.95 ERA with a career 9.6 K/9 in the minors. He is currently ranked outside the top 100 prospects.