Linebrink is due $5.5 million in the final year of a four-year deal and was essentially a salary dump as Chicago picked up Kyle Cofield in return although it is unknown how much cash the White Sox chipped in. The 23-year-old has yet to reach Triple-A, spending the bulk of 2010 at Double-A. Over 112 minor league games and 82 starts, he has a career 4.12 ERA. His future is likely as a middle reliever, if he reaches the majors.
Linebrink, meanwhile, is a surprising nab for the Braves given that the club doesn't have a ton of money to play with, but is now committing a significant chunk to Linebrink, who starred with the Padres before moving on and finding the AL less to his liking. Over the last two seasons, his ERA ranks at 4.53, surrendering 20 home runs in 113 1/3 innings. He still has solid strikeout and walk numbers, however, so Linebrink could benefit greatly from moving to a weaker league and to a park that isn't so friendly to home runs.
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