He's arguably been Atlanta's most valuable player this season, but could Cameron Maybin actually fetch the most talent back of any player the Braves could trade before Friday's trade deadline?
Yes. When Jason Grilli was injured two weeks ago in Colorado, Maybin likely became the one player the Braves could trade that could bring back the most return. It's unlikely the Braves would trade Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Freddie Freeman or Andrelton Simmons, but Maybin is another story.
Maybin is having his best season ever by far. He's hitting .282, just over 30 points higher than his career average. When he hits two more home runs, he'll set a new career high, which is something he's already done with his 46 runs batted in. And his .345 on base percentage is 31 points higher than his career OBP of .314.
So do the Braves sell high, taking advantage of Maybin's improved value? They could save additional money if they did trade Maybin, who is signed for $8 million for next season and there is a $9 million team option for his services for the 2017 season.
Do the Braves feel someone can step in and play center next season? Well, Mallex Smith is likely a left fielder. Smith has some issues in the field, and it seems he is more likely a left fielder than someone that could play center. Jose Peraza is an option, but it seems his fit is more in the infield at either second or short than in the outfield.
But if the Braves get the right offer for Maybin, they might not care about his potential replacement. They might simply deal with that later. There are teams that need a right-handed bat, and Maybin could help a team needing offense for the rest of this season.
The Giants, Mets, Pirates, Cubs, Royals, Astros and Twins have been rumored to be interested in adding an outfield bat. So could one of those teams make the aggressive Braves front office a deal they can't refuse?
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