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The Daily Chop: A Braves Transaction and more

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Braves fans continue to wait for the team’s next move while mourning a legend.

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It was a fairly quiet day in baseball, as the country continues to mourn the loss of Hank Aaron. The Braves did make a transaction, however, and there were some other notable moves and rumors around the league.

Braves News

The biggest Braves news on Saturday was the acquisition of pitcher Victor Arano and outfielder Kyle Garlick via waivers from the Phillies. I wrote an article giving an overview of the two fairly interesting players, which you can read here. The 30,000 foot view is that they both could make the active roster out of spring training and contribute to some extent in the majors for Atlanta in 2020. These claims also filled the final two open spots on the 40-man roster, leaving the roster full.

Brad and Eric also recorded a podcast talking about the rumor that the Braves are circling on JT Realmuto, George Springer and Michael Brantley signing elsewhere, a rumor that the Braves are looking to be active in the closer market, the aforementioned waiver claims, recently released prospect rankings, and more.

MLB News

Elsewhere in the NL East, the Nationals brought back a familiar face in 36 year old veteran Ryan Zimmerman on a one year deal. Zimmerman will re-join the team that drafted him for his 16th season with Washington after opting out of the 2020 season.

The free agent market continued to move, as the Red Sox agreed to a one year deal with starting pitcher Garrett Richards. Boston is attempting to bolster their pitching staff that was nothing short of terrible in 2020, producing an absurdly low -0.1 fWAR on the season as a staff.

In other news around the league, the Pirates are reportedly shopping starting pitcher Jameson Taillon, as Pittsburgh continues to sell off every piece they can for future assets. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports in addition to the Pirates willingness to trade Taillon that the Yankees appear to be frontrunners for the 29 year old starter at the moment.