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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 26: Juan Uribe #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on April 26, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Breaking down the Braves-Dodgers trade


It was on and then off and then back on again and now it’s official: The Braves have traded Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime to the Dodgers in exchange for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow.

You know Uribe and Callaspo: basically an exchange of veteran infielders who have seen better days, with Uribe costing the Braves about $3.5 million more than Callaspo will cost the Dodgers. In Chris Withrow, the Braves get a potential high-upside reliever, but one who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and back surgery so, um, yeah. He may pitch in the minors this year but is more of a next-year kind of thing.

As for the Dodgers, they get Stults, who broke in with Los Angeles in 2006, actually. He’s been mostly unimpressive the past three years, but can be a rotation fill-in for a Dodgers team that is down a couple of starters and has a lot of familiarity with the NL West due to his time in San Diego.

Thomas is a marginal reliever — meaning that he was on the margins of the Braves’ bullpen plans, not that he sucks or anything — who has had good strikeout rates in seven minor league seasons.

My favorite part of this is Juan Jaime. Not because he’s all that special — he’s been unimpressive in short stints in the bigs and seems to profile more like organizational depth —  but because he was originally signed by the Expos back in 2004. And he’s only 27. It’s weird that a 27-year-old could have ties to the Expos, but he was an international signee and they sign young. Also, 2004 only seems like ancient history.

So, at the end of the day, not too much of significance. For Atlanta, a third baseman who can share time with or maybe supplant Chris Johnson and provide some good mojo and defense in Juan Uribe and an upside arm for the pen in 2016. Roster/infield flexibility for the Dodgers, now that Uribe is gone (my guess is that the Dodgers DFA Callaspo at some point) and some pitching depth the Braves probably weren’t going to use all that much anyway.

If you insist on declaring a winner or loser to every trade I suppose it’s fair to say the Braves are better as a result of the trade than the Dodgers are, especially if you value the well-liked and well-respected Uribe’s perceived leadership and character bonuses. But really, this is a trade in which two teams needed different things and got them, not a case where a winner or a loser is either clear-cut or really all that relevant.

The Braves are trying to trade Alberto Callaspo

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23:  Alberto Callaspo #1 of the Atlanta Braves walks back to the dugout after striking out in the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 23, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Braves scratched infielder Alberto Callaspo from tonight’s lineup against the Dodgers and now we have an explanation on the reason for the last-minute change:

Chris Johnson has been rehabbing a left hand injury and is expected to come off the disabled list later this week, so Bowman speculated earlier tonight that Callaspo’s days with the Braves were likely coming to an end. That Gonzalez is talking about it so openly means it’s inevitable, whether we’re talking about a trade or him being designated for assignment.

Callaspo signed a one-year, $3 million contract with Atlanta over the winter, but he showed up to spring training out of shape and has struggled as a part-time player this season. The 32-year-old is batting just .206 with one home run and a .545 OPS over 123 plate appearances. He has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats. He struggled last season as well, so it’s hard to see much of a market for him right now unless the Braves eat the great majority of his contract.

Phil Gosselin needs thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

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Braves infielder Phil Gosselin is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery for a fracture suffered while fielding a ground ball Sunday.

Gosselin has played well in a part-time role this season, hitting .325 with a .782 OPS in 42 plate appearances, and the injury comes at a particularly bad time because with Chris Johnson hurt he was starting to see regular action at third base.

Now the Braves will likely turn back to Alberto Callaspo and they called up infielder Adonis Garcia from Triple-A to take Gosselin’s spot on the roster.

Braves place Chris Johnson on DL with hand fracture; call up right-hander Mike Foltynewicz

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The Braves announced a pair of roster moves this evening, with third baseman Chris Johnson going on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hand fracture and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Johnson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he suffered the injury tonight on a slide into second base on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning. No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but the Braves could rely on a combination of Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin, and Kelly Johnson at third base during his absence. Johnson, 30, is batting .279 (12-for-43) with four doubles and five RBI over 16 games this season.

The Braves have demoted Trevor Cahill to the bullpen after three bad starts, so Foltynewicz will take his place in the starting rotation tomorrow night against the Reds. Acquired from the Astros in the Evan Gattis deal over the winter, the 23-year-old had a 2.03 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 2/3 innings over his first four starts in Triple-A this season. He’s a hard-thrower with frontline potential if he can improve his control.

Video: Andrelton Simmons made a ridiculous throw from shallow left field

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Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons made what will likely end up as one of the top-five plays of the 2015 season Friday night against the Mets. The Braves led 2-0 in the top of the third inning. Travis d’Arnaud led off the inning against Braves starter Eric Stults, slapping the first pitch into the hole, just to the right of a diving Chris Johnson.

It was destined, it seemed, to be a seeing-eye single into left field. But Simmons appeared, seemingly out of the ether, to corral the ball. He pulled off a Jeter-esque jump-and-throw — though Jeter never would have had the range to get to the ball in the first place, nor the arm strength — to nail d’Arnaud at first base by half a stride for the first out of the inning.

Simmons is nearly good enough at his job that he desensitizes us to just how amazing his defense is.