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The Daily Chop: J.T. Realmuto rumors, chasing George Springer and more

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Fun but probably meaningless.

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A quiet Atlanta Braves offseason revved into high gear for a brief period on Thursday when FanSided’s Robert Murray reported that the Braves were “circling on” free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto along with some west coast teams. It is always tough parsing rumors and this one felt more like it was probably coming from Realmuto’s camp in an effort to help drive up the price for the Phillies and other interested parties. Not to mention how close to the vest that Alex Anthopoulos and company usually play these type of things.

Anthopoulos has had reported interest in Realmuto for years and there is little doubt that the Braves have checked in with him. Still it would be difficult to imagine topping Philadelphia’s reported $110 million offer. Anthopoulos has pulled off out of the blue moves before so it shouldn’t be completely dismissed, I just probably wouldn’t hold my breath waiting.

More Braves News

In the ever shifting free agent landscape, there is some thought that having the DH in the NL might not be the deciding factor for a potential return of Marcell Ozuna to Atlanta. While Ozuna’s defense in the outfield leaves a lot to be desired, the Braves may find themselves in a position where they have to live with it in order to add his impact bat back to the lineup. Remember, Atlanta signed Ozuna last offseason to play left field before the pandemic struck and the Universal DH was implemented.

An interesting nugget from David O’Brien’s latest mailbag for The Athletic. Per O’Brien, the Braves were in on George Springer until the end, but the six-year, $150 million deal with the Blue Jays was too much.

Cory McCartney explored the possibility of the Braves working out multi-year extensions with Mike Soroka and Dansby Swanson who are both arbitration eligible this offseason.

The Braves landed five prospects on Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 list for 2021. Ian Anderson jumped up into the Top 5 while Cristian Pache and Drew Waters are both in the Top 40.

Part 2 of our look back at the worst offseason trades in Atlanta Braves history.

MLB News

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly entered the market for free agent starter Trevor Bauer and is reportedly interested in a short term deal.

The Houston Astros and free agent catcher Jason Castro are reportedly in agreement on a two-year deal.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Cincinnati Reds are among the teams showing interest in free agent shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Finally, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant says he isn’t having as much fun playing baseball anymore, but that he is looking to rediscover the magic.