Following the addition of Marcell Ozuna, the Atlanta Braves appear set to enter spring training with Johan Camargo or Austin Riley at third base. While another significant move before spring camp doesn’t appear likely, the Braves would likely have some in season options should Camargo/Riley not work out.
That was the subject that ESPN’s Buster Olney discussed in a column on Sunday. Olney mentioned Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Seattle’s Kyle Seager, Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez and Chicago’s Kris Bryant as trade options. Arenado and Bryant have been discussed at length. Arenado recently went public with his unhappiness in regards to the Rockies but any potential deal will be a challenge.
Discussions on Bryant will remain in a holding pattern until his grievance against the Cubs for service time manipulation is settled. No team is going to move the significant pieces that it would take to satisfy the Cubs without knowing whether or not they would have Bryant for just one or two additional seasons.
Seager had a nice bounce back season in 2019 but is owed close to $40 million over the next two seasons. Ramirez is a much more affordable option but would likely require the Indians heading into a rebuilding situation.
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Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors took a look at the teams that gained or lost Draft picks via qualifying offer free agents on Sunday. The Braves forfeited their second round pick and $500K of international money for signing Will Smith. Atlanta also lost its third-round selection and another $500K in bonus pool for the addition of Marcell Ozuna. The Braves however did pick up the 73rd pick overall in the compensation round.
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The Cincinnati Reds have emerged as the frontrunner to sign free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. The Giants are another team that has been in contact with Castellanos of late.
The Miami Marlins and free-agent reliever Brandon Kintzler have an agreement on a one-year, $3.25 million deal. Kintzler is coming off of a good 2019 season in which he put up a 2.68 ERA in 62 games with the Cubs.
The Marlins also have an agreement with free-agent outfielder Matt Joyce according to a report by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Joyce played a key role off the bench for the Braves hitting .295/.408/.450 with seven home runs in 2019.