All offseason Vaughn Grissom has seen his name in numerous trade rumors. Alex Anthopoulos constantly stated how much they believed in the talent Grissom possesses, but as the offseason continued it became more and more clear that Grissom would have a tough time getting regular AB's in Atlanta.
Finally just before the end of the 2023 calendar year, Grissom was moved in a trade for Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. The trade doesn't come without risk, but if Sale can stay healthy (big if) then this is a good trade for Atlanta. That doesn't mean Grissom won't be missed in the Braves clubhouse. In particular, the connection Grissom has with Michael Harris II brought out some heartbreaking reactions once the news broke.
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In 2022 the Braves were aggressive, per usual, in their promotions of MH2 and Grissom. Harris II debuted in late May, and went on to win NL Rookie of the Year. Later that season in early August, the Braves called up then 21 year-old Vaughn Grissom to try and fill the void at second base due to the Ozzie Albies injury.
Grissom hit fairly well in 2022 (even homering in his debut at Fenway Park), but the defense didn't allow the Braves to fully commit to him long-term. When those defensive concerns carried over next year and cost him the starting shortstop gig, it became clear Grissom would have a tough time carving out an everyday role in Atlanta.
The story of Harris II and Grissom's friendship was well documented in 2022, as both worked their way through the minor leagues and eventually made waves in Atlanta. Despite the separate paths their careers took in 2023, that friendship never wavered. As you can imagine the trade today left Harris heartbroken.
Sad stuff to witness. But Grissom handled the whole thing like a seasoned veteran, thanking all of his teammates and Braves fans that helped him along the way. Anthopoulos spoke on how hard it was to part with a special talent and person like Grissom, but this team really coveted a playoff-caliber starter. When AA informed Grissom of the Braves desire to add pitching Grissom simply responded, "I can pitch." We are going to miss you Vaughn Grissom, and we will be rooting for you big time as you build your big league career in Boston.