The Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners have agreed to trade OF Alex Jackson and a player to be named later in exchange for RHP's Rob Whalen and Max Povse. The Mariners drafted Jackson just two years ago in 2014 with the sixth overall pick. The 21-year-old has struggled somewhat in his limited professional career, but he's still young enough to turn things around. On the other side of the trade, Povse has the potential to be a back-end starter while Whalen looks more like a spot starter or long reliever.
How this affects Atlanta's OF future outlook: Ender Inciarte and Mallex Smith look to be integral pieces in Atlanta's outfield going forward. Alex Jackson has the potential to fill in as that third outfielder. The 2014 sixth overall pick posted a .740 OPS in 92 Class-A games as 20-year-old last year so he has shown an ability to hit against professional pitching. Even if Jackson doesn't develop into an everyday outfielder, the loss of Rob Whalen and Max Povse shouldn't affect them too much, especially with their wealth of young, controllable right-handed pitching.
How this affects Atlanta's overall future outlook: With a rotation already full of depth, the loss of Rob Whalen and Max Povse becomes less significant. Gaining that potential future everyday outfielder could prove to make this trade look very good for Atlanta in a few years as Jackson has already received top-100 prospect recognition. The player to be named later will likely make little to no impact, but it's something to keep an eye on.
Bottom Line: Atlanta gave up some extra right-handed depth for the potential third long-term outfielder they've been looking for.