Braves: Cristian Pache leaves Atlanta with a parting message

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Anytime you acquire an All-Star via trade, a few top prospects have to go back in return. That’s exactly what happened yesterday, as the Braves sent Cristian Pache, Shea Langeliers, Ryan Cusick, and Joey Estes to Oakland for Matt Olson, who will replace Freddie Freeman at first base. Pache and Langeliers is quite a haul for the A’s, but Cusick and Estes are also two arms they should be excited about.

I was a bit surprised by the inclusion of Langeliers. He was the prospect I thought was the most untouchable in the Braves system, but this is a business, and you must give something up to acquire top-of-the-line talent. Pache is another player Alex Anthopoulos could end up regretting moving in a few years. He struggled mightily last season, but he’s only 23-years-old and is still oozing with potential. On top of that, he seems to have the ideal attitude towards bouncing back in 2022.

I’m not sure if Pache recently remembered his password or just figured out how to use the app, but the newest member of the Oakland A’s has been very active on Twitter over the last few days after rarely using the network in the past. He’s taken time out of his day to answer questions from fans in the most humble way possible, and I was really excited to see him work this upcoming season. Unfortunately, it will be for another organization, but I’m not sure how you can possibly not root for this young man. Here was Pache’s response on Twitter when he found out he was traded.

The pure innocence in Pache’s message almost makes you feel sorry for him. Just yesterday, he was posting pictures with Ronald Acuña; now, he’s traveling across the country to begin an entirely new journey. It does look like Pache has the right attitude, though, and I’m excited to see how he progresses as a member of the A’s. He should have plenty of opportunities to make an impact at the major-league level in 2022.



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