While the entirety of “Braves Nation” awaits the MRI results from injured starting pitcher Kris Medlen, the Atlanta Braves have been proactive in securing a Major League quality arm via a trade on Monday afternoon.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 10, 2014
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune and Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago are both reporting (confirmed by Mark Bowman of MLB.com) that the Chicago White Sox have sent 28-year-old right-hander Zach Stewart to the Braves in exchange for cash considerations. Stewart is considered to be a “depth” arm for the Braves organization that should start the season in triple-A with Gwinnett once he arrives, but any pitching depth is good pitching depth.
In his MLB career, Stewart has been rocked to the tune of a 6.82 ERA in just over 100 innings, but his profile would suggest that he’s capable of more than that, and his career walk rate sits at less than 2 per 9 innings, indicating pinpoint control. Nothing short of an Ervin Santana acquisition (which is very unlikely) would help the Braves much if Medlen is gone for the season, but at least they have another arm to work with.