A minor deal between the Braves and White Sox paid off in a big way for Gwinnett last season. Will it happen again?
Atlanta acquired outfielder-first baseman Christian Marrero from Chicago on Wednesday in a cash transaction reminiscent of the deal for outfielder Stefan Gartrell last April.
Gartrell, who had spent the first week of 2011 with Charlotte, went on to set Gwinnett records while leading the International League with 94 RBIs and placing second with 26 home runs last season.
Marrero, 25, was a teammate of Gartrell at Class AA Birmingham in 2009 and spent most of the past two seasons back with the Barons.
The left-handed hitter batted .295 with 12 homers, 59 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 115 games last year, posting a .385 on-base percentage and .476 slugging mark. He had 25 doubles and eight triples while walking 61 times compared to 69 strikeouts.
Marrero's best season came in 2009, when he hit a combined .308 with 18 homers and 78 RBIs with Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem and Birmingham.
The Braves drafted the Miami native in 2004, but he went to junior college and signed with the White Sox after being taken in the 2005 draft.
Carlyle bolsters Gwinnett rotation
Buddy Carlyle's fill-in performance against the Mets on Tuesday showed that he could be a key part of Gwinnett's rotation early this season.
With Tommy Hanson working in a minor league game, the veteran right-hander got the start against New York and pitched well as he worked into the fifth inning.
The 34-year-old signed a minor league deal with Atlanta after pitching in Japan during 2010 and with the New York Yankees and Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.
Carlyle was 8-7 as a starter with the Braves in 2007 and appeared in 45 games as a reliever the following season. But he battled injuries and illness in 2009, when it was discovered he was diabetic.
Lefty reliever to see specialist
Robert Fish, taken by the Braves from the Los Angeles Angels in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings, is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his sore elbow.
The left-handed reliever has been shut down since working against Florida on March 13.
Fish, 24, spent most of last season with Arkansas of the Class AA Texas League, going 1-0 with two saves and a 3.26 ERA in 24 games.
The Braves have already lost right-handed reliever Arodys Vizcaino because of Tommy John surgery performed by Andrews earlier this month.
One Wilson in, another out
With veteran shortstop Jack Wilson (strained calf) no longer headed to the Atlanta disabled list to start the season, another Wilson seems assured of beginning the year in Gwinnett as infield insurance for the Braves.
Josh Wilson, who spent last year with Milwaukee and Arizona, signed a minor league deal with the Braves over the winter. He had injury issues this spring like his namesake, battling a sore hamstring.
Wilson, 31, has been with seven major league teams and was Seattle's regular shortstop in 2010.