With thanks to baseball-reference.com’s Today in Baseball History:
1928: Cardinals sell 37-year old shortstop Rabbit Maranville back to the Braves. The future Hall of Famer (in fairness, he’s often considered one of the worst players in the Hall) was a Brave for the first nine seasons of his career, and played six more for the Braves after the sale.
1977: An absolutely massive four-team deal. I’ll just go ahead and quote from b-ref: “[Willie Montañez was] Traded as part of a 4-team trade by the Atlanta Braves to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Tommy Boggs, Adrian Devine and Eddie Miller to the Atlanta Braves. The Texas Rangers sent a player to be named later and Tom Grieve to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Bert Blyleven to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Nelson Norman and Al Oliver to the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets sent Jon Matlack to the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets sent John Milner to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Texas Rangers sent Ken Henderson (March 15, 1978) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.”
1987: Braves trade Rafael Ramirez to the Astros for minor leaguer RHP Mike Stoker and IF Ed Whited. Stoker never made it out of A-ball, and Whited hit .162 in 36 games in 1989, the only year he made it to the majors.
2001: Braves sign Vinny Castilla to a two-year contract. As a result of the trade, 29-year old All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones moves to left field, where he would remain until 2004. (Martin Prado was by no means the first All-Star infielder that the Braves shifted to left.)
Good God. This is a special prospect. His floor is Matt Williams. His ceiling is the Hall of Fame. I mean, he probably won’t make the Hall, but it’s a possibility. The Braves just got fleeced. If Marte’s stock wasn’t as high as we thought, they should have just hung onto him and traded two guys to get Renteria or Lugo.
In two years in Atlanta, Renteria made the All-Star team, hit .310/.374/.451, was worth 7.9 rWAR (8.4 fWAR), and was then traded for Jair Jurrjens, who was worth 10 WAR to the Braves. Marte is one of the biggest prospect busts of the past two decades and was worth negative WAR in his career.
So… you never know. Hold tight and hope for the best. It just might work out.