Braves acquire Bronson Arroyo, Touki Toussaint from the Diamondbacks

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves and Diamondbacks have agreed on a trade which is sending Bronson Arroyo and pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to Atlanta and infielder Phil Gosselin to Arizona.

Arroyo, currently sidelined after undergoing Tommy John surgery last July, is owed $9.5 million for the 2015 season plus a $4.5 million buyout for ’16. Arroyo may be available to join the Braves’ rotation in August, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic notes that his recovery from surgery has been slow and has been trying to overcome elbow discomfort in recent weeks.

Toussaint, 19, was considered the fifth-best prospect in the Diamondbacks’ organization and was one of baseball’s top-100 going into the 2015 season. In 39 innings at Single-A Kane County, Toussaint posted a 3.69 ERA and a 29/15 K/BB ratio. He was the club’s first-round selection, 16th overall, in the 2014 draft.

The Diamondbacks appear to be concerned with clearing Arroyo’s $14 million remaining salary, but they signed a TV deal believed to be worth more than $1 billion back in February. That they gave up one of their best prospects to save $14 million seems rather curious.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.