According to a couple of Braves fans on Twitter, apparently, former Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart had some… interesting tidbits on MLB Network today, where he serves as a personality.
John Hart on Vladdy Jr just now on MLBN: "When I was with Atlanta we tried to trade for him, like, every week. He was fat at the time, and young, and y'know, we kept offering him everything, but no."
— Lauren T. (@BravesLove) August 10, 2021
— Dan Crawley (@SoApps1979) August 10, 2021
Let me preface this by saying, none of this really matters at all. I also couldn’t find a video of Hart actually saying this. Still, Vladdy came into the league in 2015, and Hart was with the Braves until 2017 — so the timeline works out. I’m not a big John Hart fan… at all. Anyone who followed the international signing scandal that hurt the Braves for many years knows the role that Hart played.
Regardless, that’s in the past, and so is this trade rumor. Maybe Hart is just trying to gas himself up on television now that he’s essentially all but retired from working in Major League Baseball. Ironically enough, Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos served in that same role for the Blue Jays from 2009-2015 before leaving for the Dodgers in 2016, so Anthopoulos was one of the minds behind signing Vladdy.
I don’t know if Hart ever made a push for Guerrero Jr.; we know the Braves were in on almost every prospect you could imagine during the rebuild. However, it’s just a fun story about a fun player that may or may not be true, and Vladdy may or may not be the AL MVP in 2021.