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Atlanta Braves news: Marlins shoot for the stars when it comes to Braves prospects

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The Braves are indeed in trade talks with the Marlins for Christian Yelich. Miami apparently wants Ronald Acuna, though, so there’s that.

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Report: Marlins asked for Acuna for Yelich

We’ve talked about how the negotiations between the Braves and Marlins when it came to Christian Yelich and/or J.T. Realmuto had seemingly been going a bit slow since the initial report that confirmed that the Braves were trying to acquire one or both of Miami’s young talents. As it turns out, the Marlins had very high hopes for their return. According to a report from Peter Gammons, the Marlins asked for Ronald Acuna in a potential trade for Yelich. As Kris said in the subtitle of that post, “Nope.”

FanGraphs: Marlins aren’t crazy in asking for Yelich

While it’s abundantly clear that the Braves are not going to trade Ronald Acuna, it’s actually understandable that the Marlins would ask for Acuna. Eric pointed this out over on Twitter.

Basically, it comes down to leverage and right now the Marlins hold all of the leverage — even with Yelich doing his best to force a move and the Braves having a prospect pool that’s as deep as the ocean. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs saw this as well and he wrote about it.

I don’t think the Braves should move Acuna for Yelich. But I think it’s also more a matter of timing, since the Braves presently aren’t very good. Outside of that, there’s a perfectly good argument to make. The Braves probably shouldn’t move Acuna for Yelich, but the Marlins aren’t unreasonable in making the request. That’s about how high the Marlins should be looking. If they’re going to trade Yelich anywhere, there’s no reason at all for them to settle.


A pitch clock is coming to MLB in the near future

Rob Manfred is getting closer and closer to trying to accomplish his goal of trying to quicken the pace of play in baseball, even if that means adding a pitch clock that would only bring about a slight cut in game time. It’ll probably be coming in the near future and this is despite the MLBPA voting against a proposal. However, the current agreement allows the commissioner to push through any rule change he wants as long as he gives a year’s notice. I think that the union may have taken the “L” on this one.

Pittsburgh fans urge owner to sell team

After spending a solid two decades in baseball’s wilderness of being a losing team, the Pirates spent a few years fluctuating from the postseason to being halfway decent. However, after trading away Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, it’s clear that the Bucs are planning to go back into rebuilding mode. Naturally, their fanbase is livid and it’s gotten to the point where the fans are clamoring for their owner to sell the team. This led to a tweet that sums up the sad state that the Pirates are in at the moment.