Braves History: Atlanta acquires veteran third baseman from NL rival on this day

Atlanta swung a trade with their rivals from Los Angeles on this day in 2015.

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The Atlanta Braves made a notable trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on this day, May 27, back in 2015, acquiring veteran third baseman Juan Uribe as part of a multi-player deal.

In addition to Uribe, the Braves also acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow as part of the deal, with Atlanta sending four players to the Dodgers in return. Those names were third baseman Alberto Callaspo, left-handed pitcher Eric Stults, left-handed pitcher Ian Thomas, and right-handed pitcher Juan Jaime.

This day in Braves history: Atlanta acquires Juan Uribe via trade with Los Angeles Dodgers

At the time of the trade, Uribe, who was likely the centerpiece of the deal, was in the middle of his fifth season with the Dodgers which was also his 15th season in Major League Baseball.

He was traded to Atlanta while the Braves were in Los Angeles for a series against the Dodgers. His Braves debut came on the same day against the team that had just traded him away.

However, this was likely a down year compared to some of his previous in Los Angeles, slashing only .247/.287/.309 across 29 games with one home run and six RBI.

Once in Atlanta, Uribe appeared in 46 games with the Braves during the 2015 season, a span in which he slashed .285/.353/.464 with seven homers and 17 RBI. Uribe also spent almost all of his time defensively at third base and held a 0.8 WAR in Atlanta altogether across those 46 game

Despite being acquired on May 27, Uribe would not conclude the 2015 season with Atlanta however, as the club traded the veteran later in the year to the New York Mets. This would come on July 24 as part of another multi-player package that sent Uribe, Kelly Johnson, and cash to New York. The Mets sent right-handed pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen as the return for the Braves.

As for the other part of the original deal on this day in 2015, Withrow would not appear in an MLB game with Atlanta that season but he did see a significant amount of action with the club in 2016. In his lone year with the Braves, Withrow posted a 3-0 record with a 3.58 ERA and 28/17 K:BB ratio across 37.2 innings of relief.

It was surprising to see the Braves trade for Juan Uribe just to turn around and trade him away two months later. However, in retrospect, it makes sense as this was a Braves organization in the beginning stages of a rebuild.

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