The first half of 2012 wasn't very kind to Jonny Venters, and the Atlanta Braves have apparently taken that into account. Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday that the Braves are willing to discuss dealing the hard-throwing lefty.
Of course, for the Braves to take any offer seriously, they would have to get more than just a dominant left-handed arm, putting the price for Venters very high. They also have to take into account that Eric O'Flaherty is a free agent after this season, but Venters is under team control until at least 2016.
Venters looked all too human in 2012 when he threw up an otherwise respectable 3.22 ERA in 66 appearances. He took a 4.45 ERA into July, but after a disabled list stint, he put up his usual 1.71 ERA over his final 26 games.
The truth is the Braves have no interest in dismantling the best bullpen in the majors, particularly when O'Flaherty and Jordan Walden are nursing sore backs and have one Grapefruit League appearance this season combined.
Overall, it may make more sense to deal O'Flaherty, whose value will likely skyrocket on the free agent market, but that wouldn't make much sense either. The Braves have built a solid product for 2013, so don't look for them to destroy a solid staff before the season even starts.
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