Monday morning saw some heat tossed onto the stove, following a surprising semi-blockbuster Sunday evening from the Yankees and Twins. Last night’s trade headlined by baseball’s Kraken was an appetizer to a larger course this morning, as the Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics made a stunner of a swap.
Oakland will receive OF Cristian Pache, C Shea Langeliers, SP Ryan Cusick and SP Joey Estes, sources tell ESPN. Massive haul for Matt Olson, the Braves’ new first baseman.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2022
Oakland sending Matt Olson off is no surprise, but that Atlanta was eager to take on a different star 1B than the one who led them to their World Series title this past year is a genuine surprise. Some of the sense can be tracked to Olson being born and raised in and near Atlanta, GA itself, but in large part it seems a financial move. For the A’s, it’s a solid, if divisive haul of Top-150 or so prospects, as well as a higher floor arm in Estes. Cristian Pache was not too long ago one of the top prospects in the sport, but his significant struggles offensively, albeit at quite a young age, have caused his star to wane.
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As Connor said in previous Stove threads, should any Seattle Mariners moves break, we will have a blurb up as soon as possible, but until then this space is dedicated to such discussions at your leisure.