Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman traded to the Cubs for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson

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The Braves added a back-of-the-rotation arm and a righthanded-hitting outfielder at the trade deadline, but the deal cost them the pitcher who ranked as the organization’s No. 2 prospect heading into the season. Of course, that prospect, righthander Arodys Vizcaino, hasn’t pitched in 2012 after having Tommy John surgery in the spring.

Arodys Vizcaino, rhp
Age: 21. Born: Nov 13, 1990 in Yaguate, Dominican Republic.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 190.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Yankees, July 2, 2007 … Traded by Yankees with OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Mike Dunn and cash to Braves for RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan, Dec. 22, 2009.

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Has Not Played—Tommy John surgery

Vizcaino possesses the raw stuff to justify the hype, but also the injury history to explain why the Yankees and Braves were willing to trade him. He had Tommy John surgery toward the end of spring training and could be ready to resume throwing in earnest during spring training 2013. When right, Vizcaino sits 94-97 mph out of the bullpen and leans on a big-breaking, low-80s curveball as an out-pitch. He won’t need his fringy changeup much if the Cubs continue to deploy him as a reliever. Assuming he regains his velocity, Vizcaino has closer stuff, and only fastball command stands in the way of him becoming a great reliever instead of a merely good one.

Vizcaino and fellow righty reliever Jaye Chapman head to the Cubs for veterans Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson in a trade that fortifies Atlanta as it makes a run for the National League wild card—and quite possibly the NL East division title. The second-place Braves trail the Nationals by 3 1/2 games as play begins in July 31. The acquisition of Maholm pushes Kris Medlen from a Braves rotation that will retain the services of Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Mike Minor and Ben Sheets. Johnson adds a righty bat (.890 OPS versus lefties this year; .836 career) to an outfield mix that features lefty-hitting starters Michael Bourn in center and Jason Heyward in right, while relegating Jose Constanza deeper down the depth chart, if not back to Triple-A. The Johnson pickup also allows the Braves to move regular left fielder Martin Prado back to the infield as necessary, where he can fill in for third baseman Chipper Jones or second baseman Dan Uggla.

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