Before the trade one might have suggested Andrelton Simmons was the “Face of the Braves.” A counter-argument would be Freddie Freeman. Despite Simmons’ defensive prowess and the relative fame it afforded him, Freddie Freeman was and is the Braves best player. Now that the club is just one season away from opening a new ballpark, it seems like a good idea to give fans something to cheer about and in turn put people in seats. So with that in mind, it might not make a lot of sense for them to be unloading young controllable and reasonably cheap talent. Instead, they did trade Andrelton Simmons and now the rumor is they are “shopping” Freddie Freeman...
Competely disagree with Derek Harvey here.  A successful rebuild doesn't have to be a fire sale of all players with a contract beyond the 2016 season.  Young, controllable, All-Star caliber talent is not something that's easy to come by. Sure Andrelton Simmons has disappointed with the bat, but he's a wizard defensively, and showed steady offensive improvement in 2015. See more of our MLB3 analysis on that trade here. While not elite, Freddie Freeman is one of the most consistent offensive threats in Major League baseball, and he's solid defensively.  Freeman is under contract through 2022. In a rebuild, it prudent to sell overvalued pieces, not quality pieces under long term control. It's too bad for Braves fans that the team is making such hasty decisions.    

 

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