Braves acquire Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell from Cubs
The Atlanta Braves acquired utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Thursday. The Braves sent back third base/catching prospect Victor Caratini.
Bonifacio has split time this season between second base, third base and center field. He's hitting .279 with 18 stolen bases on the year.
Russell has a 3.51 ERA in 33.1 innings this season. His 7.02 K/9 rate is near his career high, but he is also walking 4.32 batters per nine innings, the highest rate of his career. The fifth-year reliever has a career ERA of 3.87.
Caratini is a 20-year-old prospect hitting .279 at class A this season.
On Thursday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated MLB writers Albert Chen and Ben Reiter discuss how the A's may not suffer after losing Céspedes.
- Alex Hampl