Atlanta Braves Veteran Trades…A Coppy Speciality
Who do you love? Or better, who can you latch onto and be a fan of in baseball for any extended period of time. That’s a good question in this modern era of player movement.
Over the last few years, our Atlanta Braves have been a team in-flux. Both Major League and Minor League levels have seen huge overhauls. With so many moving parts in such a short amount of time, many fans have been leery to declare a favorite for the sheer fact that any given player might be traded should the right deal pop.
As it has played out, the players that have been in the biggest danger of having to move cities mid-year (or off-season) have been the 1-year veterans, or players that have only 1-year of contractual control left. These types of trades have happened so frequently that’s it’s quite surprising when one of these guys stays with the team for the entire year (*see 2016 version of Jim Johnson).
It was a lot of painstaking work that I’ll likely bear no fruit for, but I’ve taken the time to run through the transactions page to find every single trade that involved a player with 1 year of control. Let’s take a look, see who’s still producing fruits on the farm, and lastly, look at who could be the 2017 victims.
2014 Atlanta Braves 1-year Veteran Trades
Players acquired in 2014 Atlanta Braves 1-year Veteran Trades:
- Max Fried
- Jace Peterson
- Mallex Smith (traded w/ others for Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows)
- Dustin Peterson
- Shelby Miller (traded for Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, and Aaron Blair)
- Tyrell Jenkins (traded w/ others for Luke Jackson)
2015 Atlanta Braves 1-year Veteran Trades
- Kelly Johnson
- Jonny Gomes
- Juan Uribe
- Jim Johnson (packaged w/ many others; won’t list the return as Jim Johnson played insignificant part in that return)
Players acquired in 2015 Atlanta Braves 1-year Veteran Trades
- Luis Valenzuela
- John Gant (traded w/ others for Jaime Garcia)
- Rob Whalen (traded w/ others for Alex Jackson)
2016 Atlanta Braves 1-year Veteran Trades
Players acquired in 2016 Atlanta Braves 1-year Veteran Trades
- Rich Rodriguez
- Adam McCreery
- Mike Aviles (was DFA’d immediately)
- Kade Scivicque
- Matt Foley
- Dylan Moore
- Akeel Morris
- Phil Pfeifer
- Caleb Dirks
- Sean Ratcliffe (no longer w/ org)
Who’s in danger to be traded for the 2017 Atlanta Braves?
In a roundabout way, Alan discussed this in a piece a few days back. With the new CBA agreement, teams that aren’t contending really have no reason to hang on to veterans whose tenure ends after game 162 as the reward for accepting a qualifying offer is significantly lower than what the team could get on the trade market.
I’ll take this a step further. With the 2018 free agent market being absolutely flooded with talent and some teams not in buying mode due to the luxury tax, even trading guys that are free agents after the 2018 season would also be wise for non-contenders that plan to contend in 2018, especially if the Braves were to consider shopping them in the upcoming off-season.
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Here’s a full list of Braves’ players that will be a free agent either at the end of the 2017 or 2018 seasons:
- End of 2017 season: Bartolo Colon, Jaime Garcia, Kurt Suzuki, Josh Collmenter
- End of 2017 + option for 2018 season: R.A. Dickey, Tyler Flowers
- End of 2018 season: Nick Markakis, Sean Rodriguez, Jim Johnson
Of the aforementioned 10 players, I could see Collmenter being the first dealt in a trade right before spring training ends to a team in desperate need of a 5th starter.
From there, Colon, Garcia, and Suzuki will likely be traded should Braves look to be a below .500 team by June with no-holds barred on any of the other players should the Braves get good offer. However, let it be known that I think this Braves team can compete especially if they add a few more bench/platoon pieces.
Just some nuggets to hold you guys and gals over for another week! Let’s hope that the trading is few and far between and the competing is on us in 2017 for I’d love us to be the buyers!
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