After trading away two highly rated prospects catcher Sheldon Langeliers and outfielder Cristian Pache as well as right-handed pitchers Ryan Cusick (who was drafted in the first round last year) and Joey Estes, the Braves acquired Olson from the Athletics on Monday.
A five-year, $135 million deal was given to Freeman by the Braves the last offseason, and the team was eager to go up in price this time around.
It wasn’t until Sunday night that Anthopoulos realized he had to move on to assure Atlanta had a great first baseman for the following season since the Yankees and Dodgers expected to pay more.
Olson matches the bill, and he can now show off his impressive skills in his own country.
As a 2012 alumnus of Parkview High School in suburban Atlanta, while Braves manager Brian Snitker’s children attended Brookwood High School, the left-handed slugger is a direct competitor of that school.
Who did the Braves trade for Matt Olson?
Catcher Shea Langeliers and Outfielder Cristian Pache plus right-handed pitchers Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes.
On Monday, the Atlanta Braves acquired Olson from the Oakland Athletics after giving away two highly ranked prospects, catcher Sheldon Langeliers and outfielder Cristian Pache, as well as right-handed pitchers Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes.