Timing of Kimbrel trade made it even worse

7 Apr

@Braves trade of #Kimbrel means they are all in for 2017 . No matter what it means for 2015, 2016

Atlanta Braves blog

 MIAMI – The timing was awful. Period.

And the Braves know that when they traded Craig Kimbrel early Sunday night, on the eve of Opening Day. Bad, bad, bad.

If they could have dumped the albatross contract of Melvin Upton Jr. — or B.J. Upton, since that’s what we knew him as during his two terrible seasons with the Braves – by trading Kimbrel two weeks ago, two months ago, it would’ve been far more preferable and, I’m thinking the Braves almost certainly would have done it.

Craig Kimbrel was traded on the eve of Opening Day. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo) Craig Kimbrel was traded on the eve of Opening Day. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

But when the Braves called around for months and months trying to get some team to bite, there were none willing to take on the more than $46 million that Upton was owed over the next three seasons, under any scenario. Much less a team calling the Braves to discuss…

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