The Atlanta Braves have traded Philip Gosselin to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Source: #Braves acquire RHP Touki Toussaint from #DBacks. Rest of trade not know. DBacks’ No. 5 prospect, per Baseball America.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 21, 2015
Toussaint, who turned 19 today, is the definitely the prize in the trade. The right hander is still a few years away from the majors and has posted a 3.69 ERA over 39 innings for the Single-A Kane County. The move appears to be more about getting rid of Arroyo’s salary for the D-backs, who is owed $9.5 million with a $4.5 million buyout. The 38-year-old is recovering from Tommy John Surgery and could return after All-Star Break or early August. He has a career record of 145-131 with an ERA of 4.19 in 15 years.
Gosselin, 26, was having a great season both at the plate and defensively. The utility player was hitting a slash of .325/.357/.425 in 42 plate appearances. He was mostly likely at his highest trade value with his recent success. Gosselin injured his thumb on May 17 while diving for a ball. He should return by All-Star Break.
This is a surprising move by the Diamondbacks and at first glance looks like a win for the Braves if Toussaint plays up to his potential.