If you thought the Braves were going to sit on their hands at the trade deadline, think again. They announced today they have acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Cubs for a Bryce Ball.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 16, 2021
Pederson isn’t having a great year, but he immediately revives a Braves team that desperately needed an outfielder after Ronald Acuña’s injury. He’s got 11 homers in 73 games and is currently hitting .230, and he will slot perfectly in left field.
In return, the Braves sent over first base prospect Bryce Ball. Ball was a prospect many fans were excited about, but the Braves decided to cash in on his early success. He’s been struggling in High-A ball this season, hitting .207 with a .750 OPS.