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The Braves chose not to trade a young stud shortstop to the Rangers for once

Nov 13, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

Andrelton Simmons AP AP

Back in 2007, the Atlanta Braves made one of the worst trades in living memory, shipping Elvis AndrusNeftali FelizMatt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Texas Rangers for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay. It would have been bad enough if only half of that load of talent went to Texas for the rent-a-Teixeira, but overall it was disastrous.

So you can imagine the chutzpah involved on the part of the Rangers in asking the Braves, once again, to ship them a stud shortstop prospect.  This time, however, they did not bite:


Olt is a good prospect, but Simmons is a year younger, is a plus-defender at short and has given the Braves a decent indication that he’ll be able to handle major league pitching. You simply don’t trade that away to a team that has already fleeced you in the past in exchange for a corner guy.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Good move Wren.

    But you need to make a bunch of them to atone for your negligence in letting Ross sign elsewhere…

  2. heyblueyoustink - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Is it me, or does it seem Olt’s stock is down from what it was towards the end of last year.

    • Andrew Chapman - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      It certainly feels that way. He didn’t get a lot of playing time and got injured to boot at season’s end. He was also probably overshadowed by Profar’s arrival.

  3. jon3068 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Hindsight is always 20/20 on these things. Andrus was 19 years old and blocked by Yunel Escobar, Feliz was 19 and no sure thing (as no 19-year old pitcher is) and Saltalamacchia wasn’t ever going to be starting for the Braves because of that McCann guy.

    The Rangers hit the jackpot and the Braves were in WIN NOW mode as John Schuerholz was retiring. But no one could have anticipated that the trade would be so lopsided.

    • Jim Abbott's Right-Hand Man - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      As a Braves fan, this trade actually bothers me much less than the other Teixeira trade.

      Giving up a handful of prospects for a guy like Teixeira, who was elite? Okay.

      Giving up Teixeira and the high draft picks that come when he leaves in free agency? For Casey Kotchman? Not okay. Not even a little okay. (The fact that that draft pick wound up being Mike Trout really stings.)

  4. Andrew Chapman - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Slightly different perspective. Back in 2007, the Texas Rangers made one of the best trades in living memory.

    • mattyflex - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      That’s deep, man.

  5. geoknows - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Trade your own damn shortstop! You have one to spare. And no, putting Profar at 2B is not an acceptable option.

    • Mike Luna - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Profar is a special talent, but Elvis is a special defender. You can’t just slot Profar in and expect him to pick right up where Elvis left off.

  6. pkers - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    The Rangers’ tactic feels like such a fantasy baseball move:
    Tex to Ari: Hey! We’re really interested in Upton. Whattya want for him?
    Ari: How about one of your surplus SS? We need to fill our SS hole, you need to fill your OF hole…it’s a stud-for-stud swap!
    Tex: Eh, we like both of our SS and want to keep them both. How about Olt?
    Ari: Naw, he’s not worth Upton. Plus, we have some 3B talent in the pipeline anyways. We’d really like one of your SS, but if you’re not dealing, we’ll try someone else.
    Tex: Hold on, give us a minute to think about it. (while putting Ari on hold, calls up Atl)
    Tex to Atl: Hey! We see you have a hole at 3B now that Chipper’s retired. Why don’t we give you Olt and take Andrelton off of your hands.
    Atl: What’re you, nuts? Why the hell do you want Andrelton? You’ve already got TWO star SS’s over there. And one of them WE gave to YOU.
    Tex: Um…oh, my wife is calling. Gotta go!

    • philiplewis1 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      I like your style.

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    to pkers….lmao bravo my friend bravo…made my morning

  8. natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Having seen Simmons play several times against the Nats, my reaction is shucks, darn, and similar non-profanities. The kid looked pretty good to me (and to media types covering the Nats). He may well be a long-term solution to the Braves’ SS need. Thus, the Braves need to trade him.

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