I'll examine the Braves side of this trade first. The two main pieces going to the Braves in this deal are obviously Jones and Hardy. Jones in LF gives them a great compliment to Michael Bourn, and Jason Heyward . That would easily be one of the best outfields in the entire league, not only offensively, but defensively as well. A lot of people question Jones defense, but the switch to LF should benefit him greatly. The Braves are currently planning on employing Tyler Pastornicky as their opening day SS, but he could probably use a little more seasoning in AAA. So enters JJ Hardy, if he can even come close to replicating his production from 2011 he'll easily be a top of the order bat for them. Not only that, but the guy plays Gold Glove caliber defense on a nightly basis. Andino is involved in this trade to give Atlanta a super utility player, that can capably back up any infield spot minus 1B should there be an injury. Let's face it, with Jones and Hardy on the left side of the infield you'll definitely want a quality backup. I just threw Bergessen in this deal as a little depth in the Atlanta rotation and bullpen(like they really need it). They have plenty of depth in the minors, but with Hudson hurt, and Jurrjens an injury concern, a little extra pitching could help.
Now onto the Orioles side of the trade
Mike Minor- LHP (12/26/1987)
He's the main piece coming back in this deal for the O's. Just last year Minor was ranked as the 37th best prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America. He would easily become one of our top 3 pitchers, along with Guthrie and Britton. In about 83 innings last year Minor managed a WAR of 1.4, a 3.39 FIP, and a K/9 of 8.38. Here's a blurb about Minor from Fangraphs, before the 2011 season.
Minor shows above-average command of his three-pitch repertoire, which includes an 87-94 mph fastball, plus changeup and curveball.
Edward Salcedo- 3B (7/30/1991)
John Sickles rated him as the Brave's 6th best prospect and gave him an overall grade of B. A guy with a lot of upside, but hasn't been able to translate it to the field just yet. Was signed as a SS, but moved to 3B due to overwhelming amount of errors(40 in 100 games). Guy I would love to see develop alongside Machado and Schoop. Hit .248/.315/.396 with 27 doubles and 12 HR, while swiping 23 bags with the Braves A level affiliate this past year.
Tyler Pastornicky- SS (12/13/1989)
Sickles has Pastornicky as the Braves 8th best prospect, and gave him a grade of B-. Definitely a glove first prospect, hasn't shown much power, but has put up a decent average and OBP throughout the minors. Atlanta has him penciled him in as there everyday SS at the moment, but he probably needs a little more time to develop the offensive side of his game. Hopefully he could hold down SS until Machado arrives, then move over to 2B to take over for Brian Roberts.
JJ Hoover- RHP (8/13/1987)
Sickles has him rated as the Braves 7th best prospect and gave him a grade of a B-. However most places such as Baseball America have him rated out of the top 10. The Braves moved him to the bullpen, due to their absurd SP depth but Sickles believes he could profile as a good 3rd or 4th starter. I would give him a shot at the starting rotation, as he has the ability to miss some bats, and doesn't give up many HR's.
Mycal Jones- CF (5/30/1987)
Sickles has him outside of his top 20 Braves prospects, but since the O's organization is running low on CF options after a Jones trade, this is a guy who could provide some depth. Needs time at AAA before a shot at the majors, but the guy has good speed, and a great eye at the plate. At AA last year he batted .252./359/.381 with 25 doubles, 7 HR, with 56 walks, and 17 SB in 373 AB.
Atlanta would be parting with a good deal of talent in this trade, but talent that also has a lot of question marks attached to it outside of Minor. Will Salcedo find a place defensively and put his talents to the playing field. Will Pastornicky's bat play well enough for him to avoid being a super utility player. I'm willing to find out if I'm the O's, but the Braves should be in a win now mode. With Jones and Hardy, their line up suddenly becomes pretty potent, with a defensive upgrade at both positions.
C- Brian McCann
1B- Freddie Freeman
2B- Dan Uggla
3B- Chipper Jones
SS- JJ Hardy
LF- Adam Jones
CF- Michael Bourn
RF- Jason Heyward
I'm gonna say this trade favors the Orioles, but if we're giving up 2 of our top position players in their prime, I would like to feel like we've won the trade. Not to mention both guys are under contract for multiple years, and in Hardy's case, at a very team friendly rate. Most likely would have to remove one of Salcedo, Pastornicky, or Hoover to get this deal done. But why not shoot for the stars, until they say no.