A's trade Olson to Braves for four prospects in blockbuster


Matt Olson, an Atlanta native, is going home.

The Athletics have traded Olson to the Atlanta Braves for four prospects, the team announced Monday.

ESPN's Jeff Passan first reported news of the deal, calling prospects going to the A's a "massive haul," considering the A's are losing a 2021 All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Olson, 27, has a .252 career average, 142 homers and an .859 OPS over six seasons. He posted 39 homers and drove in 111 runs during the 2021 season, finishing eighth in AL MVP voting. 

The A's will receive outfielder Cristian Pache, catcher Shea Langeliers and pitchers Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes in exchange for Olson.

Twenty-three-year-old outfielder Pache was one of the top prospects for the Braves. His career debuted in the majors in 2020, finishing with only eight hits in 67 career at-bats.

Catcher Langeliers, 24, left Baylor as the ninth overall pick in the 2019 MLB amateur draft. He hit 22 home runs and drove in 52 runs over 92 games with Double-A Mississippi, and was named Atlanta's Minor League Player of the Year in 2021.

Twenty-four-year-old Cusick was the 24th overall pick in the 2021 MLB amateur draft out of Wake Forrest. The pitcher struck out 34 batters over 16 1/3 innings during his first pro season. 

Estes, 20, is a former 16th round draft pick impressed with Low-A Augusta in 2021. Though he is technically the lowest-profile prospect of the four, Estes posted a 2.91 ERA in his 20 starts last season. 

These changes brought about an array of emotions for Olson and the other four prospects included in the trade.

Pache appears devastated by the news of leaving Atlanta.

While the A's might have heavy hearts losing their star first baseman, Olson told media in Mesa, Arizona that he's excited for what's ahead with his childhood team.

The A's traded pitcher Chris Bassitt last week and could still move third baseman Matt Chapman, and pitchers Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea before the season begins.

This story will be updated ... 

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