It’s been exactly one month since the trade deadline, and so far, I would say the Braves did a very good job considering they didn’t have to give up much. Raisel Iglesias has come as advertised, Robbie Grossman has tweaked his swing and become a significant contributor, and even Jake Odorizzi has bounced back with a couple of strong performances after a rough start. But what about the players the Braves traded away? Is there anyone they might regret giving up?
I didn’t mention it in the open, but the Braves also made a small trade with the Nationals for Ehire Adrianza, sending Trey Harris to Washington. Harris has struggled ever since reaching the AA level, and things haven’t changed since switching teams. In 22 games since the trade, he’s hitting .256 with one homer and a .607 OPS.
Anglin is the player the Braves sent to Detroit for Robbie Grossman. The 21-year-old is currently in A-ball and has made two starts since the trade, posting an unsightly 10.38 ERA.
Ah, my favorite Brave Will Smith. In all honesty, now that he’s out of Atlanta and done giving me heart attacks, I can appreciate what he did for this organization much more. Smith turned into Mariano Rivera for one month, and without him, the Braves wouldn’t be World Champs. So what’s he up to now? He’s actually been pretty decent for the Astros since the trade, posting a more than respectable 3.27 ERA over 11 innings.
Oh, wait! He’s back on the Braves!
Undoubtedly, the most valuable piece the Braves traded away at the deadline was Tucker Davidson. I believe he has a bright future ahead of him, but unfortunately, he was traded to the Angels, where pitchers go to crash and burn. So far, Los Angeles hasn’t been kind to Davidson. He’s allowed 11 earned runs through his first four starts, resulting in a 5.77 ERA. It’s far too small of a sample size to make any sweeping judgments, but I would feel a lot more confident in his path to success had he stuck around in the Braves organization.
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