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Braves Went To The Bargain Bin At The Deadline And Found Hidden Treasure

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On July 10, Braves superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. went down with a torn ACL against the Marlins, and all hope for the NL East seemed lost. Suddenly GM Alex Anthopoulos turned on a dime and traded for Adam Duvall, Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, and Joc Pederson to provide some reinforcements to that outfield. They are all quality players, but no one anticipated they would take over the division.

Once again, the experts were wrong. These pieces have been nails for Atlanta, and this fan base should want at least a few of these guys to return next year. The bargain bin ain’t so bad after all.

I’ve never been one to support a team with the second-best attendance in all of baseball to sift through the clearance bin for talent, but this time the Braves deserve credit. These pickups happened after most baseball analysts gave up on the Braves when Acuna Jr. went down. Atlanta was burning, but the flame was extinguished by players who can do damage and provide depth.

Duvall, Soler, Rosario, and Pederson have slashed .254/.327/.506 with 40 homers and 106 RBI in their 694 plate appearances since joining the team.

That’s elite production, and now the Braves rake from top to bottom and no longer have to rely on the Acuna/Freeman one-two punch. It’s a good problem to have, and this balanced attack has been consistent and worth a return in 2022. Acuna now slates to miss the beginning of the 2022 campaign, which makes this reunion so enticing.

The Atlanta Braves also have bullpen pieces that’ve been there for a while stepping up, like Luke Jackson. Calling closer Will Smith sketchy might be an understatement, but if Atlanta can get him to lock in, they might be able to give the Giants or Dodgers a scare. Don’t count on Smith though, he’s a migraine waiting to happen.

Still, a great story in Atlanta.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. It’s a sad state of affairs when batting .254 is considered “nails” and worthy of slavish praise. And you left out their 159 collective strikeouts. #Nails!!!

    Thank you analytics for completely ruining baseball.

  2. Duvall has $7 million mutual option for next year. I think Atlanta needs to jump all over that.

    If I was a GM I wouldn’t know what to do with Soler.

    They’ve got to figure out Freeman. They’ve also got a lot of good young players (Fried, Swanson and Riley) running out of controllable years.

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