The Cubs traded Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson and cash to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night for right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
Baseball America ranked Arodys Vizcaino as the second best prospect in the Braves’ system prior to the season. Vizcaino had Tommy John surgery in March and is expected to be ready for Spring Training. Vizcaino made 17 relief appearances for the Braves a year ago and posted a 1-1 record with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP (17 strikeouts and nine walks in 17 1/3 innings).
Jaye Chapman, a 25-year old right hander, was the 16th round pick of the Braves in the 2005 draft. In his second stint at the Triple-A level, Chapman posted a 3-6 record in 40 relief appearances this season with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP (60 strikeouts and 29 walks in 53 2/3 innings).
Both Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman will be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster. With the additions of Vizcaino and Chapman and the subtractions of Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson, the Cubs’ 40 man roster currently stands at 40 players.
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