With Wednesday’s news that the Braves have traded catcher Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for a handful of prospects, the pre-2015-season Fire Sale is complete.
That is, unless they can find a team that’s willing to trade for closer Craig Kimbrel.
The Braves have lost three of the five players who led the team with the most runs batted in during the 2014 season – Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Gattis – and their offense wasn’t particularly prolific when they had all of those guys.
But they’ve also given away virtually every player who drew fans to Turner Field last season. Gattis was a cult hero, and he sold many jerseys and tickets. He was a crowd favorite, and the Braves just shipped him out of town.
So get ready to spread out, put your feet up and find no shortage of cheap tickets in the final two seasons of Turner Field’s existence, because there won’t be much of anything to watch on the field.
It’s a sad ending to a stadium that was one of just 26 in the planet’s history to host the modern Summer Olympic Games.
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