Kemp trade, lineup fortitude done disproportion for Atlanta Braves

Isn’t it humorous how something that looked so catastrophic incited into something special for a Atlanta Braves?

That’s a best approach to report dual trades that happened Jul 30, one year apart. It went from an eyebrow-raising understanding to something that directly impacted a final dual months of a 2016 season.

First, let’s go behind to that Thursday night in late July, 2015. The Braves done a three-team trade with a Los Angeles Dodgers and Marlins. It was a blockbuster.

The Dodgers got Jim Johnson, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jose Peraza, Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Mike Morse. The Miami Marlins got Victor Araujo, Jeff Brigham and Kevin Guzman. The Braves wound adult with Hector Olivera, Zach Bird, Paco Rodriguez and a rival change collect in a 2016 draft.

Wood for Olivera was a categorical partial of a trade for a Braves. They were holding a member of a revolution and removing a intensity poignant bat in return. The Braves had heavily scouted Olivera before he sealed with a Dodgers in open training final year. They believed in his descent potential.

But Olivera flopped. He didn’t do good late final season, and Olivera was afterwards given a pursuit as a starting left fielder to start this season. But in a second week, Olivera was arrested in Washington on attack charges.

A cessation followed, and afterwards ubiquitous manager John Coppolella was bloody for his many unpopular and many catastrophic trade given holding over as ubiquitous manager.

But then, usually days before a Braves were to make a preference on Olivera’s intensity return, Coppolella somehow traded Olivera to San Diego. The Padres wanted to save some income and did by shedding a remaining income on Matt Kemp’s contract. To do that, a Braves assured San Diego to take Olivera off their hands.

The understanding was done accurately one year to a day from a strange understanding with a Dodgers.

When a trade was made, many fans were substantially indifferent. Kemp was a MVP-caliber actor a few years ago for a Dodgers, though his repute became tarnished with a faith (for whatever reason) he was not a good teammate and dwindling numbers during a plate.

But a Braves were in need of a slugger, something that is not always easy to find. Freddie Freeman was already on gait for his tip home run totals in his career, though anyone who watched a Braves knew another energy bat was desperately needed.

Kemp done an present impact. Manager Brian Snitker put Kemp in a cleanup mark and over a subsequent few weeks found a lineup that worked. First, Snitker changed Ender Inciarte to a leadoff mark in a lineup. Then when Erick Aybar was traded, Snitker changed Adonis Garcia to a dual spot. He afterwards changed Nick Markakis to a 5 spot, behind Kemp.

Snitker stranded with Inciarte, Garcia, Freeman, Kemp and Markakis for a tip 5 spots in a sequence for many of a rest of a season. In a 36 games those 5 players were during a tip of a lineup, a Braves went 20-16 and averaged 5.2 runs per game.

Kemp strike .280 in his 56 games with a Braves, with 12 home runs and 39 RBI. The Braves were 31-25 in those games. But a genuine impact was on Freeman, who strike .340 after Kemp assimilated a lineup with 16 home runs and 49 RBI.

When a lineup was set Aug. 17, Garcia and Markakis also thrived. Garcia strike .287 in his final in a dual hole, with 5 home runs and 26 RBI in 178 at-bats. Markakis strike 6 home runs and gathering in 23 in 38 games after being placed in a 5 hole on that same day.

Oh, by a way. The large trade unequivocally didn’t work out too good for a Dodgers. Johnson struggled and wound adult re-signing with a Braves. Arroyo was a income dump. Avilan hasn’t been utterly as effective with a Dodgers as he was in Atlanta. Peraza was after traded to a Cincinnai Reds, where he played good this deteriorate as a rookie. Wood has done usually 22 starts a past dual years with Los Angeles.

So a finish outcome of a trade in 2015 has a Braves now with a cleanup hitter (Kemp) who finished a 2016 deteriorate (with Atlanta and San Diego) with 35 home runs and 108 RBI. Rodriguez had Tommy John surgery, though a Braves are assured he could be partial of a bullpen subsequent season. And a breeze collect incited into left-hander Joey Wentz, who was really considerable in his initial ambience of pro round in a Gulf Coast League and in Danville.

Kemp connected with Freeman on and off a field. The dual became quick friends and with Kemp underneath agreement for 3 some-more years, a Braves now have a really good twin for a center of a lineup.

It helped that Kemp grew adult a Braves fan. The repute he gained in Los Angeles and San Diego was transposed by a prolific and happy actor in Atlanta.

How Coppolella was means to get Kemp for Olivera is still amazing. Perhaps Kemp’s repute was so tarnished that no one else would have taken him. Regardless, a Braves saw a formula of what Kemp means to a lineup with a good finish to a 2016 season.

The offense, and how a lineup fell into place with Kemp as a cleanup man, was a difference. Before a trade removing Kemp, a Braves were 37-68 and averaged 3.4 runs per game. After a deal, a Braves went 31-25 and averaged 5.2 runs per game.

The Braves had energy hitter on their list of needs for a future, though Coppolella’s trade with San Diego took caring of that. For him to absolved a Braves of Olivera and during a same time acquire an impactful actor like Kemp might spin out to be one of his best trades a final dual years.

Listen to “The Bill Shanks Show” from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on “Middle Georgia’s ESPN” – 93.1 FM in Macon and 99.5 FM in Warner Robins. Follow Bill during and email him during

Posted in
Tagged . Bookmark the permalink.
short link