The Atlanta Braves have satisfied their need for a starting pitcher and backup outfielder by trading for lefty Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson from the Chicago Cubs in a deal just over half a day before the trade deadline Tuesday, John Paul Morosi tweets.
Not all details are available at the moment, as the package the Cubs received has not been announced, though Jerry Crasnick has tweeted that the deal is for two minor league pitchers not among Julio Teheran, Sean Gilmartin, Mike Minor or Randall Delgado, who have been considered untouchable.
Maholm, 30, is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 120 1/3 innings this season, but he is 5-0 in his last seven games with a scanty 1.00 ERA.
Johnson, 35, provides a reliable right-handed bat off the bench and has hit .302/.355/.444 with three homers and 16 RBI in 187 plate appearances in 2012. He is capable of playing all three outfield positions and should fill the spot vacated by an injured Matt Diaz.
Braves 101 will provide further details as they are announced.
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