The Atlanta Braves made their first notable move of the offseason on Wednesday, landing reliever Joe Jimenez in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. It certainly came at a cost, though, as Atlanta included top prospect Justyn-Henry Malloy in the package to acquire him.
Braves outfielder Michael Harris II shared his reaction to the news on Twitter.
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Harris tweeted "Go ball out brother," followed by a sad eyes emoji and a salute in response to Malloy's post about joining Detroit. It's obvious Harris is disappointed to see his former teammate go, but that's sometimes the nature of the business.
Harris and Malloy had a unique connection as both were drafted by the Braves from Georgia high schools. Harris was selected in the third round in 2019 out of Stockbridge, while Malloy rose to prominence at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and joined the team as a sixth-round pick in 2021.
Though the loss of Malloy stings, the Braves' decision to move him for a win-now piece makes sense. The talented third baseman simply didn't have a path to regular playing time on Atlanta's roster with Austin Riley blocking him, so this trade allowed the organization to get immediate help in its bullpen after losing Kenley Jansen in free agency.
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