Guest blogged by Derrek Wonderland
Various sources are reporting that the Braves have finalized a deal with the Royals for RP Octavio Dotel, sending SP Kyle Davies to Kansas City.
Dotel will be a very nice bullpen piece for the Braves, who are showing signs of an urgency to win now. We are not sure exactly how Bobby Cox will use him, but there are some theories that John Shuerholtz will now be willing to deal Bob Wickman and make Dotel the closer. If that does not happen then the Braves will have a formidable bullpen with Wickman, Rafael Soriano, and Dotel.
Davies is a 23 yr old pitcher who has been very inconsistent during his tenure with the Braves. Once touted as the best pitching prospect in the organization, Davies has struggled this year going 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA. Royals GM Dayton Moore has spent the last decade or so with the Braves, so he is very familiar with Davies and must feel that his best days are ahead of him.
As a Braves fan, I am sad to see Davies go because I know he has a ton of potential, but the bullpen was beginning to break down and now is aided by another big arm.