It’s difficult to sum up the decade of the 2010s for the Atlanta Braves in one word. They made the playoffs three times from 2010-13, missed the playoffs the ensuing four seasons, and have been back in the fall dance in each of the last two seasons.
However, the 2019 playoffs ended in flames for the Braves, as they surrendered 10 runs in the first inning of their Game 5 National League Division Series matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals en route to a 13-1 loss at SunTrust Park. That said, the Braves made a handful of trades in the middle of the decade that helped lay the foundation for their current core, albeit some trades from beforehand have panned out to be regrettable.
Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Atlanta Braves have made since 2010.
The Best Trade the Atlanta Braves Have Made Since 2010: Atlanta Acquires Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, and Aaron Blair From the Arizona Diamondbacks for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier (December 9, 2015)
One year into a rebuild, the Braves were more than willing to…