Atlanta Braves: The Pros and Cons of a Mike Trout Move
All the reasons to give all the players needed to catch Trout
The thought of Freeman, Acuna, Albies, and Trout together for the next couple of seasons is enough to make any Atlanta Braves fan giddy. Yes, that haul is ridiculously large. The players involved are extensive. The dent left in the farm system would be one that would drastically change the talent level in the farm system overnight.
However, that farm system is a good place to start. So, Wright, Touki, and Ian are huge losses, sure, but look at the list of contenders who are already major league ready and will be fighting for a major league job even with those guys moved. Wilson, Allard, Soroka, Gohara, and Fried have all spent time in the majors this year and will have a shot at a starting job in 2019. Toukie and Wright would add to that.
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While Anderson moved up to AA this year and showed the stuff that could make him an elite starter, he was joined by another from his draft class, Kyle Muller, who took tremendous steps forward. While Muller’s ceiling is not near that of Anderson’s at this point, his development is another sign that the Braves know what they’re doing when it comes to pitching. Who’s to say that Tristan Beck can’t reach the heights that Kyle Wright has? Or Huascar Ynoa harnassing his stuff the way that Touki has?
The other big thing is this deal essentially leaves the very promising group of position players alone. Pache, Drew Waters, William Contreras, and Greyson Jenista head a group of players that offer plenty of depth and firepower, yet this deal doesn’t touch any of them, it only addresses pitching, something the Braves have shown an ability to continue to find and develop.
In the end, the likelihood that the Angels move Mike Trout is very low. However, the Atlanta Braves are one of perhaps 2-3 teams in the entire league who could put together a package like this to acquire him, and that means that if he is offered up, the Braves could have a real shot!