Hey, we finally have some rumors. The Braves are reportedly interested in acquiring both Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins, which is news considering there were no previous reports that Atlanta could be looking to add both players in one deal. The asking price for each player individually is said be very high, so the price for both will be astronomical, but if Anthopoulos wants to make a splash this would certainly qualify.
The third installment of the TC Prospect List was unveiled on Wednesday, with numbers 16-20 hitting the presses. This group includes a reliever, two utility players, and two exciting young catchers. As always, if you are not keeping up with Braves prospects, I would strongly encourage you to do so. The TC prospect team does outstanding work.
The Braves have been searching for consistency at third base since Chipper Jones retired after the 2012 season, and they are discussing a number of options writes Mark Bowman, Braves beat writer for MLB.com.
Johan Camargo and Rio Ruiz stand as the top internal options to open the season as Atlanta’s third baseman. But the Braves have remained open to the possibility that a short-term, affordable option might become available via what has been a slow free-agent market.
Regardless of which route the Braves choose, they will not do anything that would block Austin Riley’s rise toward the Majors or block their desire to be a potential suitor for either Manny Machado or Josh Donaldsonwhen they become free agents at the end of the 2018 season.
Even after acquiring Evan Longoria, the Giants are still in the market for a veteran bat, with Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce currently on their radar.
Good grief, the market for Hosmer has taken off. With the type of deals being discussed for Hosmer, it should make Braves fans even more thankful that Freddie Freeman (who is considerably better by any statistical measure) is under contract for several more years at a similar price.