The Atlanta Braves broke hearts with their latest trade.
They sent pitching prospects Joey Estes and Ryan Cusick, along with outfielder Cristian Pache and receiver Shea Langeliers to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for All-Star first baseman Matt Olson.
They broke the hearts of an entire city, because this particular move signals the end of the Freddie Freeman era in Atlanta.
As you can probably guess, Freeman is a legend in Atlanta and remains a productive hitter, so fans aren’t quite sure why they haven’t worked harder to retain him.
Olson is very good, however, they should take advantage of a top offensive and defensive first baseman anyway.
Pache thanked Braves fans after learning he was traded
Pache, meanwhile, made no secret of the fact that he was crushed after learning the Braves traded him.
He posted the following message on his Twitter account: “My heart is broken. I just found out I was traded to the A’s. I know that’s how it works, but I want Braves fans to know that I’ll be forever grateful to him wherever he goes. Thank you for so much support, for so much love and for being so special to me.
My heart is broken. I just found out I was traded to the A’s. I know that’s how it works, but I want Braves fans to know that I’ll be forever grateful to him wherever he goes. Thank you for so much support, for so much love and for being so special to me.
— Cristian Pache (@cristianpache25) March 14, 2022
We’re sure Pache has nothing against Oakland and he’ll play and try to thrive there, but for a player to go from a World Series-winning team to a perennial rebuilder has to have some kind of impact.
That’s the silver lining for Pache, though: he’ll likely receive a lot more game-time opportunities in Oakland than in Atlanta.
His defense and speed are his calling cards, but he’s still a promising hitter even if early results (.111/.152/.206 line in 68 plate appearances in 2021) aren’t positive.