Who are the best Atlanta Braves MLB Trade Deadline acquisitions over the past 27 years?
As the month of July comes to a close and another MLB trade deadline approaches, the Atlanta Braves rumor mills have been nothing short of spectacular to follow.
With every year that passes, it seems as if interest in the MLB trade deadline sets the bar a little bit higher than it was the year before. This is partially due to the increase in fan access. With the obsession in prospect rankings and controllable contracts reaching a fever pitch, there is no shortage of message board GMs willing and able to build the perfect organization…in their own minds of course.
With the exception of the shuttle between AAA Gwinnett and Sun Trust Park that seems to mirror the bus from Speed moreso than your typical transaction wire, news from the Atlanta Braves front office has been relatively quiet as we approach July 31st.
This isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary for an organization that typically prides itself on building from within. It’s easy for Braves fans to recall the epic blockbuster deal in the summer of 1993, or the now-disastrous move that brought in Mark Teixeira. In general, however, the Braves have remained quiet on the trade front, with transactions primarily being used to fill small holes and to add supplementary pieces.
As I prefer to keep things positive around these parts, I’ll relieve you with the burden of revisiting the deals that brought in Mark Teixeira and Hector Olivera. Instead, let’s take a look at (what I perceive to be) the top 10 trade deadline deals since the start of the Braves dynasty under John Schuerholz began in 1991.