The Braves have made it known that they've been on the hunt for picking up more draft picks in the upcoming MLB Draft, and they've also stated that they were willing to take on any and all contracts in order to do so. As of right now, the Braves have followed through on that idea, as they've reached a deal with the Baltimore Orioles concerning those two particular assets.
#Braves acquire Brian Matusz and Competitive Balance Draft Pick #76 from Baltimore for Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 24, 2016
#Braves now hold five of the first 80 picks in the draft. Atlanta owns selections No. 3, No. 40, No. 44, No. 76, and No. 80.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 24, 2016
The Braves clearly have a surplus of minor league pitching, which means that Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek probably won't be painful departures for Atlanta. Meanwhile, Brian Matusz has only thrown six innings for the Orioles this season, and will probably be DFA'd.
The Braves are expected to DFA Matusz. So they essentially took his remaining salary ($3.9 M) to gain the 76th pick.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 24, 2016
Again, the Braves made it clear that they were willing to eat money in order to get extra draft picks, and they've done just that with this trade. Now they've got five of the top 80 draft picks, and while having those many picks near the top of the draft isn't a guarantor of success, it will absolutely help the Braves' cause as this rebuild continues.
The Braves announce that they have designated Matusz for assignment.