MLB Trade Deadline: Braves acquire James Russell, Emilio Bonifacio from Cubs

After the Washington Nationals acquired Cleveland Indians infielder Asdrubal Cabrera earlier in the day, the Atlanta Braves likely felt the pressure to add a piece or two to stay in step with their NL East rivals.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (per information obtained from several other reports), the Braves have acquired reliever James Russell and second baseman Emilio Bonifacio from the Chicago Cubs:

In exchange, Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet San Francisco indicates that the Cubs will receive 2013 2nd round pick Victor Caratini:

The Braves had been scouting for both left-handed bullpen help and an infield upgrade all month long. In Russell and Bonifacio, they find two proven talents to fill those needs as they push on towards the final two months of the regular season.


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