The Braves have already been showered with hardware this offseason following the Gold Glove announcements on Sunday, and now have two more potential award winners. Outfielder Ronald Acuna is among three finalists for the National League Rookie of the Year Award after carrying Atlanta to a division title in 2018, while manager Brian Snitker has been nominated for National League Manager of the Year for directing the upstart Braves in a surprising season for an upstart team.
An interesting look from the opposing perspective with regards to the Braves and their rumored interest in JT Realmuto. The author points out that the Marlins have been willing to deal players within the division recently, citing the trades of AJ Ramos to the Mets, Justin Bour to the Phillies, and Kyle Barraclough to the Nationals as examples.
Steve Phillips of MLB Radio believes, like many others, that the Braves could be a likely destination for third baseman Josh Donaldson this offseason.
Donaldson’s injury history may actually work in the Braves’ favor in the sense that it’s likely to keep him from landing a long-term, budget-busting pact. On top of that, GM Alex Anthopoulos has made it known that he prefers to hang onto his most-valuable prospects rather than trade them away. In other words, a free-agent splash may be more likely than a blockbuster swap.
Braves (Peoria)Braves’ No. 6 prospect Cristian Pache was 1-for-4 and designated hitter Braxton Davidson was hitless. Jeremy Walker made the start and was tagged for six runs in nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.
What could transpire at the GM Meetings this week?
Rumors, lots of them.