Best & Worst Braves trades
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Best: John Smoltz
BRAVES GET: John Smoltz TIGERS GET: Doyle Alexander DATE: Aug. 12, 1987 COMMENT: Smoltz went on to become one of the most dominant pitchers in team history, amassing more than 3,000 strikeouts in his career while finishing as the only player in major league history with 200 wins and 150 saves. Alexander went 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA for the Tigers in '87. But his career fizzled, and in his final year in 1989, he went 6-18.
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Best: Fred McGriff
BRAVES GET: Fred McGriff PADRES GET: Vince Moore, Donnie Elliott and Melvin Nieves DATE: July 18, 1993 COMMENT: McGriff hit .310 with 19 homers down the stretch in 1993, leading the Braves to an NL West title. He played four more seasons in Atlanta and helped lead it to the 1995 World Series crown. Nieves was a prize prospect, but he never had more than 64 RBI in a season during his career.
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Best: Tim Hudson
BRAVES GET: Tim Hudson ATHLETICS GET: Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas DATE: Dec. 16, 2004 COMMENT: Hudson has been an ace in the rotation for seven seasons, earning an All-Star nod in 2010. Of the players sent to Oakland, only Cruz is still in the league, currently with the Rays. Thomas, a bright young outfielder, played in 30 games in 2005 and never reached the majors again.
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Best: Otis Nixon
BRAVES GET: Otis Nixon and Boi Rodriguez EXPOS GET: Jimmy Kremers and Keith Morrison DATE: April 1, 1991 COMMENT: Nixon stole a career-high 72 bases and hit .297 in 1991, helping Atlanta go worst-to-first and reach the World Series. He was also an exceptional outfielder. Neither Kremers nor Morrison were called up to the majors after the deal.
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Worst: Brett Butler
BRAVES GET: Len Barker and cash INDIANS GET: Brett Butler and Brook Jacoby DATE: Aug. 28, 1983 COMMENT: Barker finished the 1983 season 1-3 for Atlanta. In just more than two seasons in a Braves uniform, he went 10-20 with a 4.64 ERA. In the 14 seasons after the deal, Butler hit .295 or better nine times and was one of the league's top defensive players and stolen base threats.
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Worst: Neftali Feliz (shown), Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia
BRAVES GET: Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay RANGERS GET: Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones DATE: July 31, 2007 COMMENT: Teixeira hit .317 with 17 homers down the stretch, but the Braves failed to make the playoffs. He was traded in 2008. Feliz, Andrus and Harrison became pivotal parts to Texas' first American League pennant in 2010.
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Worst: Adam Wainwright
BRAVES GET: J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero CARDINALS GET: Adam Wainwright, Jason Marquis and Ray King DATE: Dec. 13, 2003 COMMENT: Drew had one solid year for the Braves, hitting .305 with 93 RBI in 2004. He signed with the Dodgers in 2005. Wainwright became a front-line starter for the Cardinals, winning 19 games in 2009 and 20 in 2010.
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Worst: Brett Boone, and others
BRAVES GET: Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders and Quilvio Veras PADRES GET: Ryan Klesko, Bret Boone and Jason Shiell DATE: Dec. 22, 1999 COMMENT: In 2000, Joyner, Sanders and Veras combined to drive in 106 runs for Atlanta. In 2001, Klesko had 113 RBI and Boone, who had joined the Mariners, had 141.
The Braves have made many good trades and bad trades over the years. Here are a few of the best and worst evaluated by The Chronicle Sports staff.