In the past year, the Braves have traded Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel and Andrelton Simmons and have received not one can’t-miss, Top 20 prospect. Sean Newcomb is the closest thing,
He’s a big lefty who throws hard, striking out 11 per 9 IP. He also walked 76 batters in 136 IP. So he’s no sure thing, though I guess we should be happy he hasn’t undergone Tommy John surgery.
I hate this trade. Maybe it works out, but when you have a premium player, signed to an affordable contract, you don’t trade him. No less an expert than Bill James says when you have the best, you hold onto him.
The plan, so we’re told, is to stockpile young pitchers then flip them for bats. But if they can’t get an impact bat for Jay Hey or Andrelton, what makes them think they’ll get one for Folty or Tyrell Jenkins?
Whatever the plan, it sure seems unorthodox. As it stands, the Braves will have FIVE players over 30 in the Opening Day line-up: Markakis, Olivera, Erick Aybar, Adonis and A.J.
I suspect they’ll be worse in 2016 than they were this season. They won’t be competitive in 2017, either. Next year’s free agent class is weak, and the best of the team’s prospects are a couple of years away.
Maybe they’ll reach .500 by 2018.
I’m no longer optimistic.