It’s not always fair to judge baseball operations leaders for free agent signings. In many cases, the biggest contracts are negotiated to varying extents by ownership. The same can hold true of major extensions. It’s just tough to know from the outside.
There’s obviously involvement from above in trade scenarios as well. But, when it comes to exchanging rights to some players for others, it stands to reason the role of the general manager is all the more clear.
In any event, for what it’s worth, it seemed an opportune moment to take a look back at the trade track records of some of the general managers around the game. After covering the Diamondbacks’ Mike Hazen, former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, the Brewers’ David Stearns, the Angels’ Billy Eppler, the Rockies’ Jeff Bridich, the White Sox’ Rick Hahn and the Tigers’ Al Avila, we’ll head to Atlanta to check in on the work of Alex Anthopoulos.
Toronto’s former GM, Anthopoulos took the reins for the Braves prior to the 2018 season, which came after the stunning lifetime ban for predecessor John Coppolella as a result of infractions on the amateur market. The Braves have since won back-to-back NL East titles under Anthopoulos, but how much has he helped the club’s cause with his trades? You be the judge (deals are in chronological order and exclude minor moves; full details at transaction link)…
- Acquired 1B Adrian Gonzalez, INF Charlie Culberson, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy and $4.5MM from Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp
- Acquired OF Preston Tucker from Astros for cash or player to be named later
- Acquired RHP Shane Carle from Pirates for cash or player to be named later
- Acquired LHP Jonny Venters from Rays for $250K in international bonus pool money
- Acquired RHP Brad Brach from $250K in international bonus pool money
- Acquired OF Adam Duvall from Reds for OF Preston Tucker and RHPs Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler
- Acquired RHPs Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day from Orioles for $2.5MM in international bonus pool money, INF Jean Carlos Encarnacion, C Brett Cumberland, RHP Evan Phillips and LHP Bruce Zimmerman
- Acquired 1B Lucas Duda from Royals for cash considerations
- Acquired OF Preston Tucker from Reds for cash considerations
- Acquired LHP Jerry Blevins from Athletics for cash or player to be named later
- Acquired RHP Anthony Swarzak and cash from Mariners for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and LHP Jesse Biddle
- Acquired RHP Shane Greene from Tigers for LHP Joey Wentz and OF Travis Demeritte
- Acquired RHP Chris Martin from Rangers for LHP Kolby Allard
- Acquired RHP Mark Melancon from Giants for RHPs Tristan Beck and Dan Winkler
What do you think of the trades Anthopoulos has made since he got to Atlanta? (Poll link for app users)