Braves Trade Away Wood, Peraza, plus 2 others in 3-team Deal

| July 30, 2015

Braves Baseball

ATLANTA — Expected to be active before the MLB trade deadline, the Braves didn’t disappoint with a reported three-team deal with the Dodgers and Marlins on Wednesday, though the pieces they parted with were what made this move so shocking.

Per multiple reports, Alex Wood — perceived as a foundation piece for the rotation — and Jose Peraza — the organization’s top-rated prospect via MLB.com — will be sent to Los Angeles along with closer Jim Johnson and reliever Luis Avilan. The Dodgers are also landing starter Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse.

In return, Atlanta would receive Cuban prospect Hector Olivera, injured bullpen arm Paco Rodriguez, minor league right-hander Zack Bird and a competitive-balance pick via the Marlins. Three low-level pitchers are to be shipped to Miami.

The teams have not confirmed the trade and per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, with the teams still finalizing things, it “doesn’t sound like it will get done tonight.”

The dealing of Wood comes as particularly stunning. Just 24, he’s not eligible for arbitration until 2017 or free agency until 2020. Taken in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Georgia, he was making $520,000 this season, in which he was 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 starts.

The 30-year-old Olivera, who the Dodgers signed for $62.5 million last year, is hitting .348/.392/.493. Last playing for the organization’s Fall League team July 13, he’s been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

Having seen time at second base, third base and designated hitter, the Braves are believed to like Oliver a third base. Should he live up the hype that followed his signing he could give Atlanta an infield that teams him with first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Jace Peterson and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Wood did see a drastic decline in his strikeout rate (17.7) after sitting at 24.5 in 2014 and opponents were hitting a career-high .280 against him. But in his last two starts — one of which was against the Dodgers — he had allowed a combined three earned runs with 10 Ks to two walks.

It’s unclear how the Braves will fill his role in the rotation considering Mike Foltynewicz was called up to fill the spot of Manny Banuelos, who is dealing with a born spur on his elbow. The main pieces of the current five-man includes Shelby Miller, Julio Teheran and Matt Wisler.

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