Braves obtain Todd Hollandsworth |

Acquired for two minor leaguers without much prospect status. Hollandsworth was the Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers in 1996 and that hangs over his head, because he’s not at all a special player. What he’s been is a credible fourth outfielder/platoon player with a career .279/.336/.447. (Even in his ROY campaign he hit about that.)

With the Dodgers, he slowly drifted out of the team’s plans, then started on the journeyman path to Colorado, Texas, Florida, and finally the Cubs, where he hit .318/.392/.547 last year. But this year, he’s hit .254/.301/.388 and lost most of his playing time. He only had 23 AB in August. He hit .304 but it was an empty .304 with no walks and two doubles.

I’m a little more optimistic about Hollandsworth than some. He’s 32, and maybe he’s done, but I think that he’s capable of bouncing back to his career norms, and for the Braves, he can be useful, especially if Julio is out since he can also play first. I expect he’ll platoon in left and take away what’s left of Langerhans’ playing time. Someone, likely Joey Devine, will have to go down today or tomorrow (depending upon when Hollandsworth reports) to make room. The Braves were likely going to demote a pitcher and call up a hitter now anyway to set the postseason roster ratio.

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