The return for Houston however is shockingly poor -- quantity over quality, to say the least -- and can't do Ed Wade any good in extending his status as GM beyond "lame duck." It makes me wonder if Houston had a ranking of Atlanta's top 25 prospects but looked at it upside-down.
Law continues to lay it on thick:
The package is just stuff for a pretty solid big league regular, nowhere near sufficient for a guy like Bourn who has a year and a third of control remaining and will probably remain underpaid by arbitration because the process overvalues power and undervalues defense.
And as for what this trade means to the Braves, Law has this to say:
Bourn is probably worth more than a win to the team during the rest of the regular season, but this move looks like it's more about improving run prevention in the postseason while reducing the number of automatic outs in Atlanta's lineup by one.
This is such a huge win of a trade for the Braves. I am amazed that the Braves can continue to fleece teams like this.