The Braves fell to the Mets on Wednesday in a game that was among the most excruciating losses of the season, especially given the opponent, but missed out on another opportunity as well: Joey Gallo was traded from the Rangers to the Yankees. New York gave up what many evaluators considered a solid haul, but managed to keep all of their top-five prospects. Could, or should, the Braves have beaten the package that Texas accepted for their slugger? Maybe. Does Atlanta need another bat added to their diminished lineup? Absolutely.
With the deadline drawing closer, the Braves are running out of time to make necessary amendments to the current roster. The outfield and bullpen both sorely need upgrades, but the front office may not be convinced that this roster is close enough to warrant buying. The next two days will reveal their true assessment.
The Braves just cannot keep the offense rolling along with any regularity. They continue to find ways to avoid reaching .500 and cutting into the Mets’ division lead.
Atlanta could be getting back two key members of the major league roster in the near future, as Travis d’Arnaud and Huascar Ynoa are headed out on rehab assignments.
The Braves wanted to bring back an old friend, but the Marlins apparently have no intention of trading with Atlanta.
The front office has some very important decisions to make over the next couple days.
The Yankees add an impact, power bat in Joey Gallo.
The Brewers add a power-hitting third baseman to their lineup.
Marte is headed west, with the A’s adding the speedy outfielder to an already talented lineup. Marte would have been a fit for Atlanta, but again, the Marlins will not trade with the Braves.