TOT – Braves Take a Chance on Juan Francisco’s Power

Transaction of Today…April 1, 2012 – The Atlanta Braves traded J.J. Hoover to the Cincinnati Reds for Juan Francisco. The other day, I talked about a trade the Braves made involving Juan Cruz where the Braves bet on potential. Eight years ago, the Braves bet on one tool. But holy crap, was it an amazing tool when the big third baseman was able to use it. Unfortunately, Juan Francisco could smash home runs with the…

TOT – Braves Bet On Juan Cruz Before Selling High

Transaction of Today…March 25, 2004 – The Atlanta Braves traded Richard Lewis (minors) and Andy Pratt to the Chicago Cubs for Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth. There are two great principles to stick to as a general manager. Always go for the high ceiling when possible. While you don’t want to rely completely on high-ceiling talents without a solid floor to stand on, if given the choice between an okayish floor and a high ceiling,…

TOT – The Deal That Sent Eddie Mathews Away

Transaction Of Today…February 25, 1967 – The Atlanta Braves traded a player to be named later, Eddie Mathews and Arnold Umbach to the Houston Astros for Bob Bruce and Dave Nicholson. The Atlanta Braves sent Sandy Alomar (February 25, 1967) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade. Shortly after graduating from high school, the Boston Braves dished out $6,000 to a kid, originally of Texarkana, Texas, who was playing baseball in Santa Barbara. The…

TOT – The Melk Man Arrives With Arodys

Transaction of Today…December 22, 2009 – The New York Yankees traded Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, Arodys Vizcaino and $500,000 to the Atlanta Braves for Boone Logan and Javier Vazquez. Our story really starts on December 4 of the previous year. That’s when the Atlanta Braves packaged a quartet of players, including Tyler Flowers and Brent Lillibridge, in a deal to get Javy Vazquez and Boone Logan from the White Sox. Even though he was included…

TOT – Chris Hammond Flirts With History

(The TOT series, or Transactions of Today, looks at old moves from this date years ago. How did they happen? Did they work out? What happened after? If you enjoy or have memories/thoughts of your own, feel free to comment below and/or share on social media.)  Transaction of Today…November 19, 2001 – The Atlanta Braves signed Chris Hammond as a free agent. In 1998, Chris Hammond returned to the Florida Marlins, where he spent the…

TOT – The Braves’ First Cy Young

Transaction of Today…August 19, 1911 – The Boston Rustlers signed Cy Young as a free agent. The Braves franchise, in addition to going by many names over their long history, has also seen some of the greatest players to ever play baseball play for the team. The original Home Run King, Babe Ruth, was a Brave. As was the guy who passed him many years later for that title, Hank Aaron. Perhaps the greatest second…

TOT – Braves Cut Salary This Time Last Year

Transaction of Today…August 5, 2017 – The Atlanta Braves traded Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Connor Joe. I was just going to tweet about this, but all of the details of this small-time deal require a bit more investigation. I covered this deal in some depth exactly one year ago, but here’s the Cliff’s notes version. Rodriguez was signed by the Braves on Thanksgiving in 2016 for $11.5 million. At the time, the…