Braves trade RHP Hale to Rockies in four-player deal
ATLANTA — The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.
Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
Schlosser worked 15 games in Atlanta with a 7.64 ERA.
The 22-year-old Briceno played in Class A Asheville, hitting 12 homers with 50 RBI in 84 games. He also threw out 44 percent of attempted basestealers.
O’Dowd split the 2014 season between Class A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, combining to hit .271 with five homers and 48 RBIs. He is a son of former Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd.
The Braves also finalized a $4 million, one-year contract with Jonny Gomes. The deal, which includes a vesting option, was completed after the free-agent outfielder passed a physical.
Gomes played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, hitting only .234 with a career-low six homers. He could be part of a left field platoon in Atlanta with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte.
Under new general manager John Hart, the Braves have undergone a major overhaul this offseason, dealing away three of their top hitters – Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis – while receiving mostly prospects in return.
Atlanta is coming off a disappointing 79-83 season that cost former GM Frank Wren his job. Hart has said rebuilding the farm system is one of his top priorities.