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“We’ve been really clear all along that we’re not contending right now and we need to take assets that are shorter term and turn them into longer term assets,” Hoyer said.

“In the case of Vizcaino we had a chance to get a 21-year-old who, while injured right now, has a really bright future. Guy that has a great arm. Kind of power arm we’re looking at in the system. Chapman has had good success in Triple-A as a reliever. Another guy we’re excited about.”

The Braves recently removed Jair Jurrjens from the rotation. Kris Medlen, who has been a key reliever, will make his first start of the season on Tuesday night against Miami.

Wren called the deal “a perfect fit” for the Braves‘ needs.

“We got two real key fits for us,” Wren said.

“If we are done, if nothing else transpires tomorrow, we will be real happy with where we are.”

Maholm, 29, is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA, including a 4-0 record and 1.23 ERA in July. He is 62-79 in eight seasons, including seven with Pittsburgh.

“The thing that keeps coming back from our scouts is he doesn’t give in,” Wren said.

“To have the opportunity to get a quality left-handed pitcher at any time, we’re excited about that.”

The Braves will have a $6.5 million option to retain Maholm in 2013.

Johnson is hitting .333 against left-handers this season. He is 13 for 29 (.448) as a pinch hitter.

“We need another right-handed hitter,” Wren said, adding the team also had interest in Johnson last year.

Chapman is 3-6 with a 3.52 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett. Vizcaino was 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in 17 games with Atlanta in 2011.

The 35-year-old Johnson is hitting .307 with three homers and 16 RBIs. He has played all three outfield positions and is a career .284 hitter.

Johnson started in center field and led off for the Cubs on Monday night. He reached on an error to start Chicago’s nine-run fifth inning. After the Cubs batted around, he was due to bat again in the inning but did not come out onto the on-deck circle.

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