The Braves been eerily quiet in recent weeks, but a Jeff Passan story on Wednesday indicates that the club has been quite active in trade discussions, namely regarding Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray.
According to Passan, the Braves were engaged in trade talks with both the Rangers and Yankees. In this now-theoretical three-team deal, the Yankees would have gotten Jurickson Profar, the Rangers would have gotten a prospect (likely from Atlanta) and the Braves would have gotten Sonny Gray.
Obviously those trade talks are likely dead since Profar is now a member of the Oakland Athletics since the Rangers decided to work on a three-team trade with the A’s and the Raysinstead of the Braves and Yankees. Still, it’s definitely interesting to think about what could have been had the initial deal that Jeff Passan was talking about would have gone through.
The Braves named their minor league coaching staffs on Wednesday, which will include several former Braves players and notable major leaguers.
Braves beat writer Mark Bowman examines several plausible options for Atlanta to fill its outfield vacancy, none of which are particularly exciting. Bowman also notes that no trade appears imminent at the moment, though that is subject to change at any time given the guarded nature of the Braves front office. It does, however, raise some question as to just how the Braves intend to add an impact bat at one of the corner outfield positions with such a limited selection. Time will tell but this piece does not inspire a great deal of confidence for now.