No one is unhappy to see Hector Olivera go. But trading him for a 32-year-old corner outfielder with an arthritic hip and declining numbers creates new problems, ones that could’ve been avoided if the Braves had simply cut Olivera.
It’s what they should’ve done with Melvin Upton. Instead, by pairing him with Kimbrel, the Braves lost an opportunity to maximize their former closer’s value, acquiring Matt Wisler and a draft pick that became Austin Riley.
The Yankees received a Top 20 prospect, and more, for Chapman. The Phils snagged Vincent Velasquez and former overall No. 1 pick Mark Appel for Ken Giles.
Now we’re stuck with Matt Kemp, who is basically Chris Johnson with more power and a much higher price tag. Worse, he limits the team’s flexibility as they try to reboot the offense. It’s easier to find an outfielder who can hit than a third baseman or catcher. But that’s what the Braves will have to do.
You don’t rectify a mistake by repeating it. But that’s what Coppy has done with the trade for Kemp. And now there’s talks about Brian McCann coming back to Atlanta? According to Jon Heyman, they value his leadership. McCann is batting .233 with a .733 OPS as a Yankee.
If that trade happens forget about the rebuild. It’ll be a flop.