After seeing the major transactions made this past offseason, I’ve learned not to question the moves of the Braves GM John Hart and his right hand man John Coppolella. They’ve made a concerted effort to stockpile young talent and build for the future and I applaud a forward thinking front office geared towards winning.
This most recent move has me puzzled. Alex Wood is a promising young lefty starter who arguably moved ahead of Julio Teheran as our 2nd best young starting pitcher on the Braves staff. There are questions with his mechanics and with it come injury concerns, but I felt he could be a pillar of our rotation for the next 5-7 years.
Jose Peraza came into 2015 touted as the Braves best minor league prospect playing for Triple-A Gwinnett. The organization must’ve soured on him and his potential to be a sparkplug at the top of the lineup, I can understand that. I have no qualms with the other players the Braves moved in the trade.
The return for the Braves: lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez, who underwent elbow surgery and is probably out for the rest of the season. The prize in the trade was 30 yr old and recent Cuban defector Hector Olivera. Rounding out the trade were minor league pitcher Zach Bird and a compensatory pick from the Marlins. Oliver comes with high praise and a hefty deal, the Dodgers paid Olivera $62.5 million in May, but hell they pay everybody. He plays 2nd base, where Jace Peterson has shined for the majority of the season. Where does the put Peterson going forward? Or does Olivera move to third base?
I know major transactions in sports can’t be looked at in a vacuum and should be viewed in a larger context, but damn this trade looks bad to me.
Maybe 2-3 yrs down the road, we’ll get a clearer picture on our roster makeup and the type of team mapped out by Hart and Co.