How All Of The Braves Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Upton/Uggla Deals Still Looming Doom

Justin UptonHow All Of The Braves Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Atlanta Braves are moving into a new ballpark in Cobb County GA in a few years..  Unfortunately the club will still be paying the contract of B.J. Upton.

At least Dan Uggla will be off the books by then.

Atlanta has been an awesome franchise in the last quarter-century, and far from me to admonish these guys on just a few deals doled out, when they have done it right as an organization for 25 years.

The current roster of hitters resembles a ton of Draft Picks by the franchise.  Not only that, but several of the players have inked their names  long term for the Braves.

Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, Andrelton Simmons  and Tommy La Stella were all selected by the squad in the MLB Amateur Draft over the last several years.

bj uptonB.J. Upton was brought into the fold via Free Agency, and the rest of the Starting positions were acquired by trade.

Justin Upton and Chris Johnson were both acquired in the same transaction that saw 4 Atlanta prospects and Martin Prado go the other way – all men that named the Braves are their only team played for thus far at the point.

Emilio Bonifacio and pitcher Adam Russell were brought in at the Trade Deadline this year for yet another young player.

The “Tomahawk Choppers also have bench players they originally drafted as well.  Christian Bethancourt and Philip Gosselin have had time in the big league club on the bench.

Gerald Laird is the backup Catcher for the team, and was signed to a 2 YR deal prior to the 2013 year.

Ryan Doumit rounds out the offense, as he came over from the Twins in a deal for Sean Gilmartin.

Atlanta’s offense will grow as this core of the team ages together.  It is simply too much for the team to ask, when they lost Chipper Jones and Brian McCann in back to back years – and not bring in any Free Agents to replace them departing.

The team’s woes stem back to the struggles of B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla first and foremost, and the latter has now been released, alleviating the problem in the lineup.

I am sure the brass realized the outstanding issue is that the club’s payroll was shot to the sky for those guys (earning $28 MIL) for next to nada back in production.  The Bonifacio deal, coupled with the move to 2B permanently with La Stella should help this team down the stretch.

These deals are okay,  but are a long way from helping the team go for it all in 2014.

Then again, the window is just starting for these guys..


For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.


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The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree


Evan Gattis (8/18/86) C:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 23rd round of the 2010 amateur draft.


Freddie Freeman (9/12/89) 1B:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2007 amateur draft.


Tommy La Stella (1/31/89) 2B:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 8th round of the 2011 amateur draft.


Andrelton Simmons (9/14/89) SS:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2010 amateur draft.


Chris Johnson (10/1/84) 3B:  January 24, 2013: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves for Brandon Drury (minors), Nick Ahmed, Randall Delgado, Martin Prado and Zeke Spruill.

Johnson signed a 3 YR/$23.5 MIL extension from 2015 to 2017 prior to the year.  There is also a Team Option for 2015.

Justin Upton (8/25/87) OF:  Upton is signed through the 2015 year before he becomes a Free Agent.

Brandon Drury (8/21/92) 3B/1B:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Nick Ahmed (3/15/90) SS:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2011 amateur draft.

Randall Delgado (2/19/90) P: Signed by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 2006.

Zeke Spruill (9/11/89) P:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Martin Prado (10/27/83) 3B/OF/2B:  February 13, 2001: Signed by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent.


B.J. Upton (8/21/84) CF:  November 29, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves. 5 YRs/$75.25 MIL.


Jason Heyward (8/9/89) OF:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.


Gerald Laird (11/13/79) C: November 16, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves. 2 YRs/$3 MIL.


Ramiro Pena (7/18/85) 2B/SS/3B:  December 20, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves. Is under Team Control until 2017.


Ryan Doumit (4/3/81) C/1B/RF:  December 18, 2013: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Atlanta Braves for Sean Gilmartin (minors).

Sean Gilmartin (5/8/90) P: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (28th) of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.


Emilio Bonifacio (4/23/85) UT:  July 31, 2014: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with James Russell and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Victor Caratini (minors). Is a Free Agent after the 2014 campaign.

James Russell (1/18/86) RP:  Has one more year of Arbitration Eligibility before Free Agency.

Victor Caratini (8/17/93) 3B/C/DH:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft.


Christian Bethancourt (9/2/91) C: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft.


Philip Gosselin (10/3/88) PH/2B/3B: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round of the 2010 amateur draft.


www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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