Chris Resop has traveled an unusual path. He was drafted as an outfielder, then became a mediocre relief pitcher in the major leagues, then became a modestly successful relief pitcher in Japan, then this season came back to America and became a starting pitcher.
Today he again becomes a major leaguer, called up by the Braves thanks to his impressive work this year in the minors and an unusual clause in his contract. When he signed this spring, his agent included a clause that by June 15, the Braves had to call Resop up, trade him or give him 72 hours to sign with another team.
The Braves decided their best option was to promote the 27-year-old right-hander, even though they're not sure what his role will be. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Resop was notified this morning and will be in uniform tonight.
In 13 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, Resop went 5-2 with an ERA of 1.84 (best in the International League). In his last start, he faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hit shutout.
There was no doubt that if the Braves exposed him to being signed by another team, they would have lost him. His agent said there were trade offers, but the Braves decided to make a place for him.
Resop still might end up being traded. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) made a rehab start in Gwinnett on Monday night and will be ready soon. Reliever Takashi Saito is recovered from a hamstring problem and eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday. When they are ready to be activated, the Braves can't send down Resop, who is out of minor league options, without exposing him to waivers, where they would surely lose him. Their best option might be to showcase him for a start and take offers.
No official word yet on who will be sent out today to get Resop onto the roster, but the Journal-Constitution says it will likely be Craig Kimbrel or Jesse Chavez.
-- David Andriesen
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