Grading The MLB Trade Deadline

Yoenis Cespedes
James Russell
David Banks USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves – This is kind of an understated move but the Braves addressed the lack of left-handed relief pitching by getting James Russell from the Cubs. Russell was highly sought-after for having a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. They also received some the versatile Emilio Bonifacio, who can play many positions and has 14 steals in 69 games. It’s not the flashy move but it’s an understated one that should help the Braves. Grade B

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Larry Fleisher
Larry Fleisher has covered sports in various capacities for nearly 15 years. He is a writer/editor for the Sports Xchange and has also worked for SportsTicker and Metro New York newspaper. Larry also has worked on many NBA broadcasts doing stats, on several TV shows as a background actor. He is a member of the Pro Basketball Writers Association and the Internet Baseball Writers Association.