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Alex Anthopoulos Discusses Trading Vaughn Grissom

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Alex Anthopoulos went into great detail about trading Vaughn Grissom for Chris Sale. You might want to see these comments. (Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports)

Alex Anthopoulos Discusses Trading Vaughn Grissom

The Braves acquired Chris Sale from the Red Sox today, but it doesn’t sound like Alex Anthopoulos wanted to trade Vaughn Grissom. Anthopoulos went into great detail on the trade and sounds very bullish on Grissom’s future in Boston.

“I would have loved to have kept him, (but they) were pretty adamant about (receiving Vaughn as the return),” Anthopoulos said Saturday, per Lindsay Crosby of Sports Illustrated.

“You’re not going to find a better human being,” Anthopoulos said. “The makeup is a good as they get. High energy player (who) makes people around him better. … It was tough, one of the harder guys to move. I called him directly. I think so highly of him, I know everyone in the organization does.”

“It’s a painful one because of how highly we view him, but it’s a much better fit for his career. We’re obviously having him play a little bit in the outfield just to find more at-bats for him, because he’s obviously ready to be an everyday player. That’s a big league (bat) right now and this is a great opportunity for his career.”

Anthopoulos is one of the best general managers in baseball. One of the few executives that’s smart enough to get his young core signed ahead of time. You can tell by the way he talks here that they really didn’t want to give up Grissom. Given that fact, it’s hard not to feel good about the job that Craig Breslow did in this trade. Getting six years of control of Grissom for a guy who couldn’t stay healthy feels like a great deal by the new Breslow front office.

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