Atlanta Braves: Ranking John Hart’s Trades in 2015

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Jul 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Uribe (2) hits a sole home run in the fourth inning of their game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

10. July 24, 2015 – Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson (Braves) for John Gant and Rob Whalen (Mets)

It’s very rare you see two division rivals make a trade, but the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets transacted business in late July, as John Hart sent two of his best hitters packing for two middling pitching prospects. At the time, the Atlanta Braves were still in contention for the division crown, and without Freddie Freeman, the offense hinged on the efforts of Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.

The fact that the Atlanta Braves got almost nothing in return for two impact bats suggested this trade was initiated just for the sake of making a trade before the deadline. The Atlanta Braves downward spiral went out of control after this deal was done, and spelled the end for the club in 2015. I’m still scratching my head at this deal, as Uribe and Kelly Johnson were valuable pieces that could be moved for a higher value. This is by far the worst trade of the past year.

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