Braves: Former piece of the 2015 rebuild finds a new home

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It was tough being a Braves fan back in 2015. After missing the playoffs in 2014, the Braves shipped off multiple faces of the franchise, including Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons, and Justin Upton. Thankfully, the Braves got some incredible players in return — guys like Max Fried and Austin Riley (who was drafted using a compensation pick the Braves acquired) come to mind. An underrated piece who was one of the better players for the Braves in these down years was Jace Peterson, who has signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics:

If you remember the #JaceOnBase hashtag, that was about all we had back then. Jace was actually a former first-round pick and once considered a top prospect for the Padres. Peterson’s best season for the Braves came in 2016 when he posted a .715 OPS. He has actually had a few respectable years for the Brewers from 2019-2022, and even played in 112 games in 2022. Peterson is now rewarded with a two-year deal at age 32, and there’s no doubt the rebuilding A’s hope to get a strong year from him so they can flip him at the trade deadline. Congrats, Jace.

Photographer: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

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