Ah, looking back on trades that were discussed but never happened. Everyone's favorite pastime.
In this case between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees, there was discussion of a blockbuster trade between the two teams that would've greatly impacted the direction of both franchises. But someone (thankfully, for the Yanks) put a stop to the proceedings.
Three years ago, when the Braves were starting their organizational overhaul, they had talks with the Yankees about a 10-player blockbuster trade, which involved some of the best young players in the game today.
Braves send: Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Melvin Upton Jr., Chris Johnson and David Carpenter.
Yankees send: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Ian Clarkin and Many Banuelos.
Boy, did the Yankees dodge a bullet. Now, there's no reason to think this exact deal was even close to happening, but the fact it's public knowledge proves that it was at least seriously discussed.
What if Braves had traded Heyward, Simmons to Yankees? https://t.co/7KBfnbsqwO— AJC Sports (@AJCsports) March 10, 2016
Three years later, both teams are in different places, as the Yankees possess the third-best record in all of baseball, thanks to the contributions of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino. The Braves, however, have the second-worst record in baseball, but they do have the best farm system in the game, which makes the future bright.
Atlanta may not have fleeced the Yankees in this deal, but they ended up making out very well when dealing Heyward, as they acquired Shelby Miller from St. Louis, which later led to the acquisition of Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte from Arizona.
You never know how players respond to playing in New York, but there's a realistic possibility that the Yankees could be in the cellar of the American League if this deal went through, with the Braves standing at the top of the National League with Judge and Sanchez leading the way alongside Freddie Freeman.
This certainly would've been the worst trade in Yankees franchise history. Disaster averted.