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Braves upgrade bench, bullpen with Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell

The Atlanta Braves didn’t make a blockbuster deal leading up to the trade deadline, but did upgrade both their bench and bullpen by acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs.

Bonfiacio is hitting .279/.318/.373 with 14 stolen bases this year, playing second, third, short, and center field for the Cubs. Russell has a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings to go along with 26 strikeouts and 16 walks, but is oddly holding right-handed hitters to an .098/.243/.121 line this season, and has allowed a whopping one extra base hit to 72 right-handers to step up against him. The platoon split is more traditional over his career, as Russell has allowed a .234/.276/.416 line to lefties overall since 2010.

Caratini was hitting .279/.352/.406 with class-A Rome with five homers. The 20-year old catcher was a second-round pick in the 2013 Draft by Atlanta.

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