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The Daily Chop: Staying the course, Marcell Ozuna, Preseason prospect list and more

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Will the Mets aggressiveness have any effect on the Braves?

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The MLB Offseason roared to life Thursday as the New York Mets pulled off a blockbuster trade acquiring shortstop Francisco Lindor and starter Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for four players including infielder Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario. The Mets were expected to make a big move at some point with new owner Steve Cohen now at the helm. With Cohen in charge, they have the ability to sign Lindor to the long term deal that he is seeking and now look like a contender.

The question now is, how will the Braves respond to the Mets? Cory McCartney took a closer look at things that Atlanta could do, the easiest of which would be to bring back Marcell Ozuna. However, we probably shouldn’t expect an aggressive move by the Mets to have any effect on what Alex Anthopoulos and company do over the next six weeks.

Make no mistake, there are moves left to be made. If they don’t bring back Ozuna, then they are going to need a big bat to replace him in the middle of the lineup. They need an outfielder, an additional catcher and perhaps a veteran reliever or two. All of that was true before the Mets grabbed the headlines Thursday.

If we have learned anything about Anthopoulos during his tenure with the Braves it is that he can be deliberate and patient. Atlanta has moves to make, but don’t expect the Mets wheeling and dealing to force the Braves’ hand.

Braves News

Our preseason Top 30 list moved into the top 10 on Thursday and is highlighted by 2020 first round pick Jared Shuster and big lefty Kyle Muller.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman examines how the Braves might go about replacing Marcell Ozuna’s bat in his first mailbag of 2021.

Cory McCartney takes a look at which 2020 stats we should focus on and which ones we should leave behind in this week’s Starting Nine.

Seems relevant now, but here is a look at some of the best offseason trades made by the Braves over the years.

Ian Anderson is one of five potential NL Rookie of the Year candidates according to MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo.

MLB News

Tomoyuki Sugano did not reach an agreement with a major league team before Thursday’s posting deadline and will instead remain in Japan for 2021. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Sugano will sign a four-year, $40 million deal with the Yomiuri Giants which includes three opt-out chances which would allow him future opportunities to sign with an MLB club.