Bill Shanks on Cardinals-Braves Trade

Georgia writer and radio host Bill Shanks goes into depth on the three prospects acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in return for Jaime Garcia.

As St. Louis Cardinals fans already know, the club announced on Thursday a four-player trade with the Atlanta Braves, acquiring three prospects from the Braves in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia. The three new Cardinals are right-handed pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis and second baseman Luke Dykstra.

Not having seen them perform, I went to an old friend to get the in-depth scoop on the trio. Bill Shanks has followed the Braves for almost as long as I have covered the Cardinals. He hosts a four-hour sports show daily for the two radio stations comprising Middle Georgia ESPN Radio and is also a columnist for the Macon Telegraph and

In the following interview of almost 10 minutes duration, Bill discusses the chaotic Atlanta rotation in 2016, how Gant had a chance, but lost it due to injury and how Ellis tore up Double-A, but stumbled in Triple-A when Atlanta was still looking for help. We close with an overview of Dykstra, as well.

On Friday afternoon at 4:25 p.m. EST, I will be joining Bill’s show to discuss Garcia with his Braves audience.

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