Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos chatted with reporters yesterday about his plans for the rest of the offseason. David O’Brien of The Athletic covered the chatter (links to Twitter).
Perhaps most notably, Anthopoulos indicated that the club’s early signings of Josh Donaldson ($23MM) and Brian McCann ($2MM) absorbed a significant portion of the club’s spending capacity. “We spent a good chunk of our offseason dollars on Donaldson and McCann,” he said.
Anthopoulos did not suggest that the Braves are done giving out contracts, but did hint at the nature of the pursuit. “[W]e still have money to work with,” he said, “but we have to be a little more selective now because we made those moves.”
It certainly doesn’t sound from those words as if Anthopoulos is lining up to participate in any bidding wars. Of course, it’s tough to know exactly how to read these latest comments. They could be seen as an indication that the organization doesn’t plan to make any further free-agent splashes. But they also may simply be designed to keep expectations in line and avoid any perception in the market that the club is interested in wild spending.
MLBTR’s Rob Huff recently examined the Braves’ payroll in detail, concluding that the organization could have something in the range of $50MM to play with this winter. If that’s the case, Donaldson and McCann would represent half of the 2019 availability — while, notably, not adding a dime to future payrolls. It could also be that the organization doesn’t plan to spend as much as that estimate suggests.
It’s worth remembering, too, that the Braves have ample prospect capital to work with in trade talks. That avenue isn’t quite as readily available to their division rivals, who’ll likely be more reliant on adding salary (or otherwise parting with relatively fewer top pre-MLB assets) to make further improvements.
Regardless, value clearly remains a priority for the Braves. Addressing the corner outfield situation, for example, does not appear to be a matter of picking a target and trying to get a deal done. O’Brien tweets that the club sees all the top veterans as potential fits, with the organization preferring to make only a one or two-year commitment if it makes a signing.
Meanwhile, Anthopoulos indicates that the club is working through some scenarios involving starting pitching but has yet to engage the relief market. That doesn’t say much, to be sure, but it could be read to suggest that the Braves won’t push the bidding on free agent pen arms.
The team’s early additions still seem to represent only a piece of the final picture. Certainly, the motivation to continue seeking ways to improve ought to be provided by the ongoing aggression of their division rivals. For now, there doesn’t seem to be any front-burner action in Atlanta. Of course, that can always change quickly. More broadly, it would seem imprudent to rule the Braves out of major moves the rest of the way. It’s worth remembering, after all, that Anthopoulos long insisted publicly that the club was fully content at third base before he landed Donaldson.
They basically spent their savings from the Agon+Kazmir+McCarthy/Kemp swap, having eaten all of their dead money in 2018. Donaldson looks like a pretty good gamble. McCann… well, Acuña and the Fun Police sounds like a decent band name.
Lmao is McCann going to call the other teams opposing pitchers to hit Acuna or will he make sure it’s done in batting practice?
Poor attempt at humor.
brave from the woods
Won’t be surprised if they re-sign Markakis and some more reclamation project pitchers and call it a day and settle for 3rd or 4th next season.
If they settle for “3rd or 4th next season” like you say, who’s gonna finish in front of them?
I don’t agree they’re “settling,” but it is possible Washington rebounds and who knows what happens with Philly and all their money to work with.
-Mets are most dangerous if DeGrom & Noah bounce back, and adding continues.
-Nats are a good young team with an elite rotation. No need for Harper.
-Braves are in as good a position as they can be in, in a loaded division. Donaldson was an excellent pickup, already had a good team and filled their biggest need (3B).. who could argue?
-Phillies are now forced to retreat after big moves by Mets & Nats.
The realization of both Harper & Machado takes a huge hit, now that the weak division is fortified. Segura helps, but is more of a desperation move than a hint towards swaying Harper.
Never count out stupid money tho.
-Marlins – like to see Realmuto go to the Mets.. not a Mets fan, but they are in an exciting position right now.
Mets aren’t the least bit exciting. Question marks across the board pitching-wise and offense is below average. Disperse; nothing to see here.
3B was not the biggest need. They already had an above average 3B. The biggest needs are OF, BP and a #1 starter. I also wouldn’t mind Anibal coming back.
As much as I love what Camargo did, I’m not sold unless I see an encore.
15 homers in 7 years in the minors vs. 23 in a little over a season’s worth of at-bats.
I hope it doesn’t happen, but Braves fans can’t be that surprised if a regression occurs.
Everyone but the marlins, duh.
AA also said he didn’t have a need at 3B. I’m not sure why anyone puts too much stock in what any GM says during the offseason. Most of it is posturing.
I’d like to see the Braves go after Haniger in Seattle. DiPoto is trading everyone away for a rebuild, no matter what he wants to call it, and we have the prospects to make a deal. Acuna, Inciarte and Haniger would make a pretty sweet OF.
That’s a very good OF, both offensively and defensively. You also get a right handed bat behind Freeman. As a Nats fan, I would be more wary of that OF.
He is under control for 4 seasons so he won’t come cheap.
Cutch, Kluber, Kimbrel…Done and won!
I think Haniger makes just too much sense not to pursue. The M’s will be demanding a lot, and rightly so, but Atlanta have the prospects to do it. Should be a win-win.
David Peralta would fit nicely as well without us having to give up too much of the farm
“We spent a good chunk of our offseason dollars on Donaldson and McCann,” he said.
This is such a scam. If Ted Turner still owned the Braves both Machado and Harper would be doing The Chop. Atlanta is the same size market as Boston.
Market size alone does not equal revenue. Phoenix has the 5th highest population and Arizona has TV rights in regions in NM, as well (I believe).
Google: neilsen market size
Neilsen sets the rates for advertisers. Boston and Atlanta are essentially a tie for 9th. Phoenix is 12th.
Atlanta is owned by a public company. They literally print a report every year detailing their spending and revenue. They do not hide the money and essentially run as a non profit. If you want the Braves to spend money there are two ways:
1. Braves need to stop owing money to people for the two new stadiums they built.
2. Braves fans need to spend more money at the game and fill the seats
A good part of the problem is the horrendous TV deal the Braves are locked in. I think it’s bottom five in the league
The Nationals do NOT have a TV deal.
The Nationals payroll is higher than the Yankees.
?! The Nationals don’t have any games on TV is what you’ve just stated. Let’s think about that for a moment.
The last list I could find, Atlanta was 21 of 31 and Boston was 30 of 31. Let’s not pretend Atlanta is equal to Boston in terms of market size, fan loyalty and such.
31 what? There are only 30 MLB teams.
Brought to you by the same knuckleheads that think there are 58 states.
The TV deal for the Braves has really been the albatross around the club’s neck. It is one of the least lucrative in baseball.
People keep repeating this but where is the evidence?
This is a story. Baseball ownership’s are notorious for their fables of being broke going back to the beginning of baseball. I remember when the Astros opened their current park named after a literal scam corporation (Enron), the owner Drayton McLane at the conclusion of the season told Peter Gammons that the Astros “lost $20 million” that year. The Astros attendance was over three million and in Forbes economic revue of MLB teams the Astros had the largest – positive – spread between revenue and team payroll.
The Red Sox had almost the same revenue figure as payroll and the Red Sox payroll topped the Yankees by one million dollars. If Drayton McLane wasn’t lying then the Red Sox must have lost $80 million.
So what did the Red Sox do that winter? They signed Manny Ramirez for $160 million.
Here are a couple articles:
I said __ evidence __.
“The Braves TV deal is believed to be…”
Some people believe the Earth is flat. They would believe this story about the Braves TV deal too.
The TV deal is public record. Phillies make $150+ million, Braves a quarter of that. What “evidence” is lacking?
Anyone who has been to the Battery knows the Braves are printing money now. They’re making a fortune just leading space. Not to mention parking.
But they accrued debt to do so.
Y’all know MLB has debt limitations, and the Braves are in violation of them, right? MLB could sanction the team, they just aren’t.
Looks like Casey’s Partner made a new account.
If $50 million was the original number available, and $25 million has been spent. That 50% is a large chunk and still leaves $25 million. With an inclusion of Julio in a trade, that leaves room to add Kluber and Brantley/Cutch with another $6-7 million for a reliever.
You are correct. Do not be discouraged by so called fans who have bought into the company line about Atlanta being beyond the reach f any and all big ticket free agents. People forget we signed Maddox and how that “overpay” worked out.
Haniger would fit perfect
So we are fixing to make a big splash, and make a trade or two.
The one thing about AA, and even to an extent Coppy, the braves haves swerved me so many times with what to expect. He says we have spent all our money? bet we end up giving out another contract close to 20 million, or acquire someone with that size of annual salary.
Gave $23M guaranteed to a broken toy. Smart move.
There is no pundit or expert that believes anything but the exact opposite
Alex Anthopoulos is the biggest DUMMY on the planet. I would never let this LOSER near any pee wee team. $23M to broken toy Donaldson shows that Alex continues to play fantasy baseball. The Brvaes rotation is garbage right now and he will never fix it. Cant wait until the Phillies lap them.
It’s a one year deal, could pay huge dividends and if not he’s gone after 2019.
Yeah, you’re wrong. Luckily your opinion doesn’t matter.
Right? MLB just wrote an article about the Braves having the 7th best in baseball right now. Red Sox May have moved ahead of them today but still. They have a lot of young assets. Would be nice to have an ace, but a luxury no doubt
I hope you dont think adding Segura, pushed you over Atl?! And dont spew some line about wait till the off-season is over and we sing Harper, Machado, Kimbrel… right now the Phil’s have made one “ok” deal. That doesn’t get them lapping anyone. But cool story bro!
Wow you must be really drunk to write that. The Phillies lapping someone is funny. The have made one solid move that’s all. Donaldson is a good gamble piece and lucky for us Braves fans it’s only 1 year nothing will tie us down. Don’t know if your old enough to remember this but I remember the Phillies locking down some long term and it bit them in the rear. (Utley, Rollins, Howard) just to name a few
Dont forget Santan just last year.
To further this have you even looked at the stats from this past year Braves were 2nd in the mlb in baa at .229 and in era the Braves finished tied for 7th 3.75 finished 10th in strikeouts. So I would say the Braves pitching isn’t “garbage”
And here we have someone who doesn’t know anything about baseball.
The braves rotation was pretty good last year.
What’s the matter, Lair-of-the-Troll-Lizard?
Frustrated that AA is going to reach the top of the mountain looooooong before Shapiro/Atkins and your lame-duck Blue Jays?
I know I am
Dragongrave who hurt you?
Clearly vigorous rounds of D&D have clouded your judgement. That, or you’re looking through the teary eyes of a team that squandered a division last year.
The Braves will be fine.
I’ll say they have or will offer for a Starter. The Corbin deal sort of tempers clubs from signing free agent starters. He was younger and looking for a longer deal. Nats bested everybody. But no Harper…
I think they were initially interested In Eovaldi and Dallas K. But prices are out bidding and trading their farm pieces unless it was shockingly swayed isn’t going to happen.
Outfielder yes. I see them signing either Brantley, McCutch or Markakis. I’d like that order of priority but I see AA flipping the order to prefer Markakis. Like Donaldson I don’t see a long term fix or position. Pache and Riley are the future.
Last rant. MadBum. Unless that new ownership Z ball gets realistic about his once HORSE. I don’t see Braves swinging him to ATL. I do think like Goldy he needs a new team. Just may not be the Braves. If AA pulls that off then whoa NL East is worth a few prime time games.
Umm…scroll back to yesterday’s stories: Goldy traded to STL. We have Freeman – ATL is perhaps the only team that didn’t need him.
Refer to MadBum. I think just like Goldy Madbum would benefit from new team new organization new environment. May be motivated…
It really depends on what SF is looking for for him. They have the market size and budget where they can’t rebuild, which a trade of MadBum would signal. If ATL could get MadBum for something similar to what STL got Goldy for (also 1 year left until FA), ATL would be silly not to entertain, regardless of they’re looking at extending him. They could essentially get a draft pick by making him a QO if he signs elsewhere.
Eovaldi is now off the market, so there should be increased interest in Keuchel, especially now NYY doesn’t have Corbin.
Brandon Nimmo seems like a great (and very cheap) option for RF – even an upgrade over Markakis. What prospect package might ATL offer for him if Miami were to flip him after acquiring him from the Mets? Nimmo had a much higher WAR last season than Brantley or McCutchen.
If he don’t trade for pitching and Haniger. The Braves aren’t serious.
If he doesn’t trade for an “untouchable” M’s player – someone that was one of the 5 best COFs last year and is under control for the next 4 seasons – then he’s not serious? Sure, Trader Jerry has already traded 1 “untouchable” away (Diaz), but look how much $ NYM had to take on, while also allowing the Mets to reach their goal of having the oldest offense in MLB.
The fact that the braves haven’t engaged in the relief market is concerning. The fact that they might never be is extremely concerning.
Kimbrel is holding up the market for RPs. Until he signs, many (worth their salary) won’t. I wouldn’t be surprised if RPs were specifically targeted in trade talks, which is why he is not engaging just yet. 2018’s RP market was inflated – and will continue to be so with the current need around MLB – so not engaging points more at that you’re trying to fill it other ways and looking at free agency as a last resort (hence: his comments about having spent a majority of it already).
I agree. Once he signs. Others… Miller, Britton JAGs will get what they can
I think they should be interested in like a Joe Kelly to move up and down the 7,8,9 depending on how Viz and Minter hold down the fort. Maybe get a idea of the cost of Britton?
Kimbrel isn’t coming home. Too much capital in him he should go get his payday outside the NL East. Where y’all think Kimbrel is going?
I think the Braves should talk to both Az and Texas about Bradley and Leclerc for the bullpen. Could Tarnok plus a lower level prospect get one of them? Could Ynoa and another prospect get the other? If that is close for one or both then that solidifies the bullpen for the next 3-4 years.
Completely agree with Jose Leclerc. TEX has other options (Keone Kala?). Also interesting is Archie Bradley, whom ARZ might make available now they’re signaling somewhat a rebuild trading Goldy. Bradley is affordable, so it’d have to be a nice package. Both of these were among the top 5 candidates in a Tomahawk Take article (the other 3 are presumably off the market: Edwin Díaz (traded), Iglesias (extended), Alex Colome (traded).
Kela got traded to the Pirates last year, but I don’t think that takes away from your main point. I’d love to see LeClerc and Bradley, and both seem like they could be had.
Leclerc and Gallo…. Bat him behind Freeman in the cleanup spot.
ripping and tearing
lol it’s December 6th. Y’all need to chill.
Cutch, Kluber, Kimbrel…Done and won!
Albies, Donaldson, Freeman, Acuna, McCutchen, Camargo, McCann, Inciarte, Kluber….
I bet he did a wake and bake right before posting.
Yes, AA is lying through his teeth and we have enough left for arbitration raises, Cutch (on a 2-year deal), Kimbrel (not taking much of a hometown discount) and enough to afford Kluber’s 17M annual salary that CLE inevitably would make any team take on. That’s well over 50M not even including addressing bullpen needs or including Donaldson/McCann’s deals.
The Braves better be willing to spend on RP’s. Was no one else watching last season? Clearly the most unstable part of the club.
I understand the want for an ace but the Braves starters posted the 4th best ERA. Yes part of that was Sanchez he’s gone, but the bullpen was a dumpster fire.
If that isn’t addressed with the amount of good RPs on the market this was a colossal failure of an offseason.
A closer or a starter? Too risky of a signing. Three years would have been fine, but four is too risky.
If Arizona would take Julio Teheran’s contract and Riley and Wright. We could kill 3 birds and get Greinke.Peralta and Bradley. JT’s 2yrs would bring Greinke down to $20 mil for the first 2yrs and $30 mil for the last yr. Peralta has 2yrs arb and made $3 mil last yr. Bradley has 3yrs arb. I think Greinke is the best starter the Braves can get without all our best prospects.
Dbacks keep it going
How about this:
Braves trade Gohara (#78), Drew Waters (#91), Kolby Allard (#100), , and Julio Tehran (salary relief) for David Peralta (290 BA and 30 HRs with two years control)
How come the Nationals payroll is higher than the Yankees when the Nationals do not have a TV deal?
The Nationals do NOT have a TV deal.
I still like a larger expanded deal with The D’Backs
Braves Get: Greinke, Peralta, & Archie Bradley + 25 million
D’Backs Get: Wright, Allard, Pache,Teheran, Tucker Davidson, & Izzy Wilson.
Braves solve 3 holes with 1 deal, while limiting the financial exposure. Greinke owed 106 over 3 years minus 25 is 81 over 3 years or 27 a year, Patrick Corbin got 23 a year over 6 years I like Greinke better over the next 3 vs Corbin. We also land a LF in Peralta who can slot in at #4 or 5. I actually like acuna, Freddie, Donaldson, Peralta better. With Albies at 5, flowers/McCann 6, Swanson 7, Enciarte At 8.
Plus Archie Bradley as a high leverage bullpen arm. I still think Patrick Wrigley ends up as the super fireman for ATL.
Braves add about 27 million in 2019 money, while having a rotation of
Rookie- Touki/Soroka/Fried or other.
I don’t see the Braves or Dback doing this deal on a multitude of levels
How’s your fantasy team doing?
I posted before I read your’s,sorry but it’s a good idea.
So realistically what does a Haniger deal look like?
Pache (obvious), two of the two 5 SP prospects (excluding Gohara so two of Wright, Touki, Allard, Anderson), and like a mid-tier guy (11-15)?
That’s how I’ve been viewing it
Anderson OR Wright
Allard OR Wilson
I think it’s more than that. I’d guess Pache/Waters, Wright, Anderson would come close.
I don’t see Demeritte being the last guy. No upside to him. It’s be like Muller? If I’m the Mariners, I’d take a flier on Jenista in the deal. He’d be a quick riser through the system and has an advanced bat already.
I would imagine the 4th being someone like Freddy Tarnok.
AA said in the beginning of the offseason that trades were going to be the road they go down over free agency and then they sign 2 FA.
It’s gonna be trades AA is gonna go down with the possibility of re-signing Markakis.
Gohora & Ynoa for Leclerc
Soroka, Wilson & Pache for Hanigar
Need a little more for Hanigar
The route I would like to see is the Braves trade any or all of Ender Inciarte, Julio Teheran, Johan Camargo, Max Fried, and Sean Newcomb for decent prospects that are a few years off. Maybe some middle infield depth like Jeter Downs or Esteury Ruiz. I’m pretty sure Cleveland would give us George Valera and more for Inciarte. Trading Teheran, Fried, and Newcomb would free up space for Allard, Soroka, and Toussaint to start. I don’t believe that blocking any of these guys is in our best interest.
To stay competitive, I would move Acuna to CF and sign Markakis and maybe Adam Jones to one year contracts. Maybe Kelvin Herrera to a one year as well.
Let the young guys play and try not to block anyone in the future.
I just don’t see Inciarte being a good fit in Cleveland. He is a CF and the Indians have 3 CF and lack corner outfielders.. A Cleveland Atlanta trade may need a third team to complete.
That’s how you get stuck being 82-80 every year. Braves are in win now mode.
Zach I think it’s a bit premature. To me, patience on these young pitchers is the key to a dynasty vs just a “window”. I don’t agree with nor do I want a window. I want the best team in the majors AND the minors. The only way to do that is to have patience and avoid blocking our young guys. There will be a time for “all in”, I just don’t think that’s now.
I don’t see them trading Newcomb to make room for Allard. All over baseball Newcomb scouts have been saying Newcomb in on the verge of a big breakout. We saw what he was going to be like last season before we wore out. They won’t be moving him.
Diesel, yeah I feel you. Now might not be the best time to trade him. The reason I included him is the specs he could fetch. Allard’s trade value is lower now than it should be so he needs a chance to prove himself. I’m not sure with Soroka, Toussaint and Wright that he even gets a chance without Newk.
You can’t compete for a division title with 3+ rookies starting in your rotation. And both Kakes & Adam Jones are horrible defensively. No way
That was a really funny, sarcastic post. Kudos.
How would a Haniger deal compare to the Brewers deal for Yelich?
Completely different prospective in management sadly. The Fish just wanted a front liner plus. The M’s haven’t signaled that they are interested in making that trade and precedent says they want salary relief.
Not comparatively I suspect it will take Riley/Pache/Waters plus 2 of the top SPs plus another prospect, but that would require giving up 3 top 100 prospects for 4 years of one guy and I don’t know about that.
That proposal means the Braves would give up all 3 of their top position player prospects. Please enlighten us how a team with limited position prospects would consider trading their best when they have the pitching depth the Braves do?
Brewers gave up 3 top 100 prospects, plus another SP, for Yelich (Brinson top 15, Harrison top 70, Diaz top 90) at the time of the trade.
4 years of 1 guy that had a 6-WAR first full season. So basically 2 really good guys…
At this point I’m ok with taking on grienke’s contract and see if we can get David peralta from the D Backs. I think if they will eat atleast 40 million and bring down his contract 17.5-18 million. It will probably cost us someone like kyle Wright or Ian Anderson but that will give us a solid OF and a true frontline starter. Anderson Allard demeritte and Alex Jackson might get it done. That will also leave us 10-15 million to sign a couple of relievers say Zach Britton and soria
Why would they eat money? Maybe you missed Corbins monster deal that will last 6 years. Greinkes deal is not really bad anymore.
He is 35, the braves can’t take on their entire salary, and the value of the prospects involved in the trade will go up. His contract is nearly untradeable nobody wants to pay 30 plus for a guy that’s 35
Definitely need more pitching. 20 mil to Teheran and Gausman is not enough. I don’t want to see any prospects or young guys starting at all.
Why not start the young guys. What’s the downside compared to an already established ceiling of Julio??? Wilson, Fried and touki got some time in last year. Why not roll out arms and place a couple in the rover role. My belief is that baseball should move in this direction anyway. Starters are going less and less deep into games less innings pitched for season and with the bulk of arms why not be strategic and play them??? I can understand getting a horse. But the new pitching coach and Snit need to figure out a plan before AA finds a way to trade a potential wainwright… for JD Drew in this case Mitch Hang me.
Trade for tulo!!!!!
Braves roll out the youngsters. They need some time with new pitching coach but use them in a rover role.
After this past postseason I’d say rosters with two or three rovers are smart. Younger arms should recover and pitch with little days rest if they’re only run out a few innings MAX.
EVERYONE needs to rethink the routine and way pitching is seen. Braves actually have this ability while Yankees and Boston just buy the arms.
Whether y’all like to hear it or not. DeGrom is a perfect example. Pitch innings on innings but gets a losing record. Who cares about ERA. Wins and loses matter. Holds and saves have inflated the closer market. It should happen and baseball will be better for it. Y’all think I’m crazy???
Last rant. If the Rover role catches on. I’ll be the first to market the RED ROVER shirt.
Red rover Red rover send
Kluber is exactly the kind of rotation-altering force the Braves could use to maintain their position atop a National League East race especially that it grows more dynamic by the day. However, it’s going to cost, and the package to get it done is:
Braves get: Kluber
Indians get: RHP Kyle Wright, RHP Touki Toussaint, OF Cristian Pache
Knowing CLE has a lot of CF help already, I’d imagine you’d need to sub Riley in for Pache. Not sure I’d easily do that.
Kluber is cheaper and younger than Greinke and probably the better pitcher at this point but we still need a COF not named Markakis and a top notch reliever. That’s why we should talk to ARZ first.
Translation: I’d like to remain the GM here for a long time, so I will not rock the boat. I will make moves to ensure minimal resistance from the fans and media. I will continue to sign players to shorter terms even if I don’t have a spot on the field for them. My predecessor left me with a stockpile of prospects and I will not waste them just yet. If we lose in 2019 I have the excuse of players being young and learning on the job.
Long time Braves fan here, I do not want to see any of our high upside pitching prospects traded. Given how expensive pitching is to acquire (whether via free agency or trade), The Braves are in a hella enviable position of having a plethora of high upside, cheap, controllable starting pitching prospects.
Let’s face it, it is an inexact science when it comes to predicting which ones will pan out. I would like to see The Braves just keep Soroka, Wright, Tousiant, Fried, Wilson, Weigel, Anderson, Mueller and Wentz (Folty and Newcomb will probably eventually get traded down the line if 4-5 of these prospects pan out, I would not be surprised to see Gausmann traded later this year if 3 of them push their way into the rotation by mid-season).
If The Braves were to focus on spending payroll dollars on short term (high valued salaries, like what happened with Donaldson) on acquiring a power bat to play right field…giving a number of our position prospects time to work their way to Atlanta in the next few years), then building a young, cheap, controllable rotation/bullpen…would have a chance to develop at The MLB level without felling the pressure to pitch perfect (The Braves have the makings of a good defensive/potent offense….we just need one more power bat to play right field).
Let’s say that Teheran isnt traded,…then The Braves are positioned to have even more payroll flexibility after The 2019 Season (Donaldson’s $23 mil, Teheran’s $11 mil, O’Day’s $9 mil, McCann’s $2 mil are all coming off the books, that’s a total of $45 mil being freed up after 2018).
Keep the young prospects, injuries/ineffectiveness/attrition all make prediction which ones to keep a crap shot. However when you keep all of them, you hedge your bets, giving yourself a chance to keep the ones who will help you win long term.
There’s only room for so many prospects, and the 40 man roster is going to start getting real tight soon. I’m in favor of trading for high impact players if they are not too old and are controllable for several years. Codifying two/three/four prospects into a bona fide major leaguer makes sense. I don’t advocate gutting the farm, but getting one or two impact guys? Sign me up.
David Peralta and maybe Sonny Gray
I believe getting away from NYY to somewhere like ATL could really help him return to form, especially comparing the parks + even if it doesnt work out we dont have to pay too much from farm,
Peralta fills the OF spot and hits 290 with 30 HRs, 2 years of control
Sign some relivers for bullpen and we are set (Britton, Kelly, Robertson)