Excellent observation by Office commenter Andrelton the Giant on the J-Up deal:
(T)he Nationals beat us bad on this trade. They got Joe Ross and Trea Turner in the 3 team deal with the Rays (and Padres) and only gave up Steven Souza, a player without a spot in their foreseeable lineup. A fourth OF for two top 10 prospects.
I would have been happy with either Turner or Ross and some throwins for Upton. It looks like we got the leftovers of that deal. Not a single one of the players we got is as good a prospect as either of those guys
One minor quibble: Before his injury, Fried was rated higher than Ross. But Ross will be pitching in 2015, unlike Fried.
It sure looks like the Braves’ chief division rival got more for Souza, who turns 25 in April, than the Braves received for J-Up, who has two years, and 162 career homers on him. While he put up outstanding numbers in Triple-A last year, Souza has never been considered an elite prospect.
Turner, meanwhile, was the 13th overall pick in last year’s amateur draft and acquitted himself nicely in Single-A ball, hitting .323 with a .406 OBP and 23 steals. Ross, brother of Tyson, is a former first rounder with excellent control. His minor league numbers are somewhat underwhelming but you can say the same of Fried.
That said, I’m not unhappy with the Braves trade, especially if Mallex Smith pans out. I love speed, and Smith and Peraza (who combined to steal 148 bases last year) could make for a dynamic top of the order.