Braves trade away best closer in MLB, still have MLB’s best closer


Atlanta Braves fans were understandably a little worried on the night of April 5 when their front office traded away the best closer in baseball, but two weeks into the regular season, it’s making general manager John Hart look like a genius.

Once the initial shock wore off that the team really did trade away one of the city’s favorite players on the eve of Opening Day, most fans began to realize it was a great deal. They were shipping an awful contract away – you know, that one that Melvin Upton Jr. was collecting while helplessly swatting at the baseball and missing as often as I looked away during his at-bats?

But somehow, in trading away Craig Kimbrel, the Braves remain at the top of the league in saves, thanks to Jason Grilli.

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The 38-year-old…

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