Trying to keep their 14 straight postseason appearances streak intact, the Braves trade Class A catcher Max Ramirez to the Indians for Bob Wickman on July 20, 2006. Wickman then served as Atlanta’s closer, recording his first save on July 24.
Atlanta, winning 12 of 16 to get back into the wild-card race, is hoping the veteran 37 year-old closer can help solve the team’s late inning woes, which includes the bullpen blowing half of that season’s 40 save opportunities.
On September 20, 2006, Wickman signed a one-year $6.5 million contract extension to stay with the Atlanta Braves for the 2007 season.
On August 24, 2007, after giving up a walk-off two run home run to the Reds’ Adam Dunn in extra innings, Wickman complained to manager Bobby Cox about pitching in non-save situations. Consequently, he was released. Bobby just didn’t put up with that kind of stuff. You have to love it.
On September 7, 2007, Wickman signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a move that signaled that he had backed off his disdain for non-save situations, given that the team had an established closer in José Valverde.