In discussing the impact that the Braves acquisition of Justin Upton will have on the Mets, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes:
“It makes for a particularly tricky situation in Flushing, where the Mets are concentrating on a long-term plan built around Wheeler, Harvey, Travis d’Arnaud and the rest of their vastly improved farm system. Tricky because the Nationals and Braves, perhaps already the two best teams in the division, are also built to last.”
DiComo hits on the very first thing I wrote on Twitter immediately after the deal went down:
“The Braves just got significantly stronger and younger, not with minor league talent, but at the major league level.”
The Braves are building for the short and long term. They always have. They don’t always rely on their prospects to win, they often use them to get the players they need to win.
As I wrote in a post last week, the Nationals and Braves are set up for a decade long run of dominance with more elite prospects still on the way. They ar...