3. Billy Wagner
There aren't many players who can spend half of their career playing for two rivals, spend just one year with the Braves, and become a fan favorite, but Billy Wagner did just that.
Wagner signed a one-year deal for the 2010 season, fully intending to retire after the season. He pitched 71 games that year and absolutely dominated. He had a 1.43 ERA, had 37 saves, and was an All-Star. Not bad for a 39-year-old.
He retired after the season, but has occasionally appeared at Braves games, despite his short tenure.
2. Jorge Soler
It's been almost two years since Jorge Soler went supersonic and won the World Series MVP. Since then, the Cuban slugger has been enshrined as a Braves legend.
But have you ever gone back and looked at the reactions Braves fans had when he was acquired on that well-remembered trade deadline? I have. Here are a few of my favorites (apologies if some of these are yours).
To be fair, on paper, Soler's stats were ugly on the surface. He was slashing .192/.288/.370 (78 wRC+) and had no defensive value. But Alex Anthopoulos knew what he was doing, and Soler immediately turned it around with the Braves.
After slashing .269/.358/.524 (132 wRC+) during the regular season, Soler went cold during the NLDS and missed the majority of the NLCS after testing positive for COVID.
But it was his homer on November 2 that guaranteed Braves fans would never forget his name.