This trade the Braves didn’t make may be their best move yet

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In case you missed it, Austin Riley just signed a massive 10-year, $212 million extension to stay in Atlanta for seemingly what will be the rest of his career. This is coming off of his historic month of July, but you have to think the Braves were looking to extend Riley before he earned Player of the Month honors:

Riley really had no competition for this award. And what’s even crazier is the club entertained moving him a while back — a few tweets from our friend with the Marlins, Craig Mish:

Craig is as reliable as they come; it’s absurd the Braves were turned down for Realmuto. If the Marlins knew what they know now, it would have been a done deal in seconds. Not including Soroka, Riley has been a much better hitter than Realmuto in 2022, with more years of his prime left. The Marlins instead acquired a deal headlined by Sixto Sanchez, who has been solid.

Sometimes you get lucky in baseball, and the Braves are lucky the Marlins turned them down. They wouldn’t have won the 2021 World Series without Austin Riley:

Photographer: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire

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