Back on Wednesday, the ol’ rumor mill went into overdrive with word that the Braves were showing interest in trying to acquire both Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins. On Thursday, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed the Braves interest while still noting that nothing was imminent and that the Braves may not be trying to pay the massive prospect price it would take to get both of them in a deal.
However, someone should tell that to former Rockies General Manager and current MLB Network pundit Dan O’Dowd, who seems to think that this would be all it takes for the Braves to get those two in a deal.
Meanwhile, the Braves made a minor roster move on Thursday when they outrighted reliever Luke Jackson to the Gwinnett Stripers. That means that he’ll be staying with the Braves organization after being designated for assignment following the team’s acquisition of Preston Tucker.
In other news, the Braves made a more celebratory announcement on Thursday afternoon. The team made it known that they’ll be inducting Tim Hudson and Joe Simpson into the Braves Hall of Fame on a ceremony at The Battery on January 27. Hudson spent nine solid seasons with the Braves at or near the top of their rotation and while his time with the team came to an unfortunate end due to injury, the pleasant memories of his time in Atlanta far outweigh the bad. Meanwhile, Joe Simpson has been around Atlanta’s broadcast booths for nearly three decades now so he’s basically part of the furniture at this point.
The Padres made a bit of a splash when word came out that they were trying to swing a deal in exchange for the Cubs’ flashy second baseman, Javier Baez. Understandably, the Cubs have a pretty steep asking price and the crew at MLB Daily Dish talked about how that asking price is why the Padres eventually backed away from trying to pull off a trade.
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a reason why San Diego “balked at the asking price“ for Baez was because Chicago “would have wanted more besides“ Luis Perdomo or Dinelson Lamet, who are young, controllable starting pitchers. One possible player that the Cubs could have wanted in addition to Perdomo or Lamet was Brad Hand, the Padres’ best reliever and one of the top relievers in the game who Lin says “likely was discussed.”
Over on the free agent market, Lorenzo Cain is still available and he’s being pursued by an AL West squad. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Rangers are trying to bring him in as they hope that he would bring stability to their outfield situation. Our friends over at Lone Star Ball explained why the Rangers are trying to go after Cain.
...If the Rangers think Cain can provide quality work in center field for the next three to four years, that timeline would give the Rangers a regular center fielder until one of the group of center field options in the lower minors -- Leody Taveras, for example -- would be ready. It would also give the Rangers additional flexibility in potentially moving one of their corner outfield bats, since Delino DeShields would be shifting to a left field or fourth outfielder role.