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A couple other factors played into it:

1. Grissom's 1996 campaign was a step back from '95, and the opinion was that he was on his way down. Trading him at the time was consistant with the Braves general philosophy of trading players before they lost value.

2. Lofton was widely considered the best lead-off hitter in the game, and many were looking at him as the next Henderson. Grissom had shown that he was losing a step and would probably be better served hitting lower in the order. To Grissom's credit, he did re-make himself as a hitter and had many more productive seasons as a run producer.

3. Justice was coming off an injury-plagued season that had him only playing 40 games. He also had just hit 30 years old. Justice's batting approach had also changed, and he was more interested in working the count and getting on base. That conflicted with the Braves' batting philosophy of "staying aggressive" (don't get me started). As the nominal #4 hitter, the Braves were just looking for more power.

4. The Braves had both Andrew Jones and Jermaine Dye ready. Dye had taken most of the RF ABs during Justice's injuries.

5. Lofton turned out to be the most disliked player in the Braves clubhhouse in the Bobby Cox era. The Braves made no effort to re-sign him after the season. Instead, the Braves signed Galarraga.

This turned out to be a bad trade for the Braves obviously. I would contend that it may still have worked out if we didn't also trade Dye for Micheal Tucker that same offseason. That would have given the Braves an OF of Klesko, Jones, and Dye by 1998.

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A couple other factors played into it:

1. Grissom's 1996 campaign was a step back from '95, and the opinion was that he was on his way down. Trading him at the time was consistant with the Braves general philosophy of trading players before they lost value.

2. Lofton was widely considered the best lead-off hitter in the game, and many were looking at him as the next Henderson. Grissom had shown that he was losing a step and would probably be better served hitting lower in the order. To Grissom's credit, he did re-make himself as a hitter and had many more productive seasons as a run producer.

3. Justice was coming off an injury-plagued season that had him only playing 40 games. He also had just hit 30 years old. Justice's batting approach had also changed, and he was more interested in working the count and getting on base. That conflicted with the Braves' batting philosophy of "staying aggressive" (don't get me started). As the nominal #4 hitter, the Braves were just looking for more power.

4. The Braves had both Andrew Jones and Jermaine Dye ready. Dye had taken most of the RF ABs during Justice's injuries.

5. Lofton turned out to be the most disliked player in the Braves clubhhouse in the Bobby Cox era. The Braves made no effort to re-sign him after the season. Instead, the Braves signed Galarraga.

This turned out to be a bad trade for the Braves obviously. I would contend that it may still have worked out if we didn't also trade Dye for Micheal Tucker that same offseason. That would have given the Braves an OF of Klesko, Jones, and Dye by 1998.

Yep. In John Schuerholz's book the Braves made that trade so they could afford to keep Maddux and Smoltz. Smoltz was a FA after the 96 season if you remember and the Yankees had made him a unbelieveable offer and the Braves knew they couldn't lose him and they decided pitching was more important than offense.

And yes Lofton was very disliked and he was hurt too. Then in 1999 we had the same problem with Bret Boone. So he was a 1 year and done guy.

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