With the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline fastly approaching early next week, let's take a look back at last season, and revisit the moves made by the Atlanta Braves at last year's deadline, as well as list where each of those names are now.
Revisiting the Braves 2022 Trade Deadline
Braves bring back a familiar face
- Atlanta Braves acquire SS Ehire Adrianza
- Washington Nationals acquire OF Terone Harris
In what was primarily a major league depth move, the Braves acquired Adrianza from the Nationals at the 2022 trade deadline, who would appear in only six games for Atlanta the remainder of last season, slashing .154/.313/.231 in limited action. Adrianza is still with the Braves as well, as the veteran utility player signed with Atlanta this past offseason as a free agent, but is currently on the 60-day IL.
The Nationals would receive Harris, a minor league outfielder, who went on to slash .245/.294/.336 with three HR, 11 RBI, and three SB across 37 games in Double-A after the trade last year. Harris is still with the Nationals in Double-A and has slashed .270/.335/.368 with 15 RBI and three SB across 46 games this season.
Braves acquire outfield help
- Atlanta Braves acquire OF Robbie Grossman
- Detroit Tigers acquire LHP Kris Anglin
In a move for an outfielder, the Braves acquired Grossman from the Tigers, who would go on to slash .217/.306/.370 with five HR, 22 RBI, and three SB across 46 games in Atlanta. Grossman is no longer with the Braves, however, as the veteran owns a .672 OPS across 75 games with the Texas Rangers this season.
In return, the Tigers would receive Anglin, with the left-hander going on to have only 5.1 IP in the minor leagues of Detroit's organization last season. Anglin is currently a Free Agent and has not pitched this season.
Braves make a big splash
- Atlanta Braves acquire RHP Raisel Iglesias
- Los Angeles Angels acquire RHP Jesse Chavez, LHP Tucker Davidson
The Braves' biggest move from the 2022 trade deadline was acquiring Iglesias from the Angels, who would post a phenomenal 0.34 ERA and 30:5 K:BB ratio across 26.1 IP a year ago. Iglesias is still with Atlanta as the club's closer, owning a 3-4 record with a 3.94 ERA, 18 saves, and a 37:9 K:BB ratio across 29.2 IP so far this season.
The Angels' return in the deal was two pitchers in Chavez and Davidson, with the former owning a 7.59 ERA across 10.2 IP with Los Angeles a year ago, and is currently with the Braves. Davidson posted a 6.87 ERA across eight starts with the Angels last season, and is still with Los Angeles, owning a 6.54 ERA across 31.2 IP out of the bullpen so far this season.
Braves and Astros swap arms
- Atlanta Braves acquire RHP Jake Odorizzi
- Houston Astros acquire LHP Will Smith
The Braves' final move at the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline came with the Astros, with Atlanta acquiring a veteran right-hander in Odorizzi. Odorizzi would go on to make 10 starts with the Braves last season, posting a 2-3 record with a 5.24 ERA and a 40:18 K:BB ratio across 46.1 IP, and is currently with the Texas Rangers.
Houston would receive left-handed pitcher Will Smith in the deal, who would go on to post a 3.27 ERA and a 24:4 K:BB ratio across 22 IP for the Astros a year ago on their way to the World Series. Smith is currently with the Texas Rangers as well, where he currently holds a 2.68 ERA across 37 IP.
These were all great moves that were the correct decisions from AA at the time. He has this knack for always knowing exactly what the team needs. Braves fans can be certain that 2023 will be exactly the same.