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Braves and Yankees almost pulled off a blockbuster

Jon Heyman has spilled the beans on a trade that almost happened in the 2014-15 offseason. It would have been a blockbuster!

Well the talk had been out there a bit. There was a reference to it last year by a New York reporter. But on Monday night baseball reporter Jon Heyman tweeted about a trade that almost happened between the Braves and Yankees.

It would have been a blockbuster.

The Braves would have sent Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, David Carpenter, Chris Johnson and B.J. Upton to the Yankees for Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Ian Clarkin, Gary Sanchez and Manny Banuelos.

The Yankees wanted Simmons to replace Derek Jeter. They did not, however, want to take on Upton and Johnson to do it. The Braves would have cleared millions off the payroll.

The Braves were ready to pull the trigger, but the Yankees said no.

But sometimes the trades that aren't made are the best trades. The Braves have traded all five of those players in different deals. Let's see what they have gotten in return in the form of a big trade:

Jason Heyward (with Jordan Walden)
Andrelton Simmons (with Jose Briceno)
David Carpenter (with Chasen Shreve)
B.J. Upton (with Craig Kimbrel)
Chris Johnson


Shelby Miller (for one season)
Tyrell Jenkins (Number 8 rated prospect)
Ender Inciarte
Dansby Swanson (Number 1 rated prospect)
Aaron Blair (Number 4 rated prospect)
Erick Aybar
Sean Newcomb (Number 2 rated prospect)
Chris Ellis (Number 14 rated prospect)
Manny Banuelos (Number 9 rated prospect)
Matt Wisler
Draft Pick (that became Austin Riley, the Number 7 rated prospect)
Cameron Maybin (for one season)
Ian Krol
Nick Swisher
Michael Bourn

Well, it looks like the Braves did just fine. That's seven of the Top 14 prospects for the Braves right now. The trades of those five players, along with the others that had to be included, revamped the organization and created a talented farm system that is now rated one of the best in the game.

It would be interesting to have Severino in the rotation and Judge ready for the lineup. But the Braves did just fine with the return for those five players.

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