Nine who got away: #1, Adam Wainwright

Before the Adam Wainwright deal, the Braves typically guessed right about which pitching prospects to trade. Bruce Chen, Odalis Perez, Luis Rivera and Rob Bell were all considered top prospects but none fulfilled their potential (the exception being Jason Schmidt). Meanwhile, Wainwright has exceeded expectations. In 2006 he stepped up as the Cards’ closer, pitching […]

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Nine who got away: #5, Elvis Andrus

Elvis might rank higher if he hadn’t sat out a game last week with tattoo-related soreness. Not that I wouldn’t want him back with the Braves. Andrus was 18 when JS, apparently thinking the franchise was set at shortstop with Yesco, dealt him to Texas. Fortunately Andrelton Simmons came along, ¬†saving us from the Tyler […]

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Nine who got away: #6, Duane Ward

Duane Ward was exactly what the Braves needed in 1992 and ’93. Had he been in the ‘pen Atlanta would’ve likely won the World Series each year. Then again, those Braves teams would’ve probably not reached the postseason if not for John Smoltz, acquired from Detroit for the same pitcher, Doyle Alexander, received in the […]

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Nine who got away: #9, Tommy Greene

The Braves have been judicious about which prospects they keep and which they trade (think Melvin Nieves). But there are exceptions. This list includes players who still qualified as rookies after they left Atlanta. 9. Tommy Greene. Traded to Phils with Murph for Jeff Parrett. Trading Murph for scraps wasn’t the worst thing about Bobby’s […]

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