Look, I don’t want to dwell on it, but I want to say one thing… Marcell Ozuna is no different than Hector Olivera and should be treated as such by Braves fans. There’s no room in this world for physical abuse of a person you’ve sworn a vow to love. I hope he’s played his last game in a Braves uniform. Now, onto the discussion, Early Braves Outfield Trading Partners.
The Braves find themselves hovering around .500 with a surprise full-time opening in the middle of their lineup. Anthopoulos fully admitted when the offseason came to a close, that he was worried about depth. Since that day, he’s been busy signing, trading for, or claiming everyone else’s trash:
- Signed Jesse Biddle
- Traded for Orlando Arcia
- Traded for Edgar Santana
- Signed Dylan Lee
- Signed Jesse Chavez
- Signed Will Latcham
- Signed Trevor Kelly
- Signed Chris Nunn
- Signed Tyler Flowers
- Signed Shane Greene
- Claimed Jay Flaa
- Signed Tanner Roark
- Signed Jonathan Lucroy
Unfortunately, the players that have appeared in the Majors (Biddle, Santana, Flaa) have all performed like castoffs and, with injuries in every nook of the team, the buy-low strategy has wreaked of desperation forced upon Anthopoulos by the front office (granted, Anthopoulos could’ve just consolidated those funds and grabbed 1 competent reliever). Hopefully, the Ozuna situation will lead to his contract being voided (Passan thinks it’s a possibility) and the Braves can fill LF with a good player who is also capable of being a good human.
It’s early, but there are several teams that could be open for business already. Let’s take an early look at some players that could be available should the Braves choose to act soon.
Trey Mancini is the obvious choice from the Orioles, but Anthony Santander might be the cheaper option and I feel cheaper, especially in terms of prospects, is where Anthopoulos will land. Santander is carrying a .750ish OPS, but has hit the ball pretty regularly and can play an average corner OF.
The Tigers are putrid and will likely stay putrid for at least another year and that just so happens to be the amount of time Robbie Grossman has left on his contract. With a 2 year sample in increased ISO and a very healthy walk rate, Grossman could be of a lot of use.
If the Braves were really looking to make a splash, look no further than Jesse Winker. The kid is blowing up baseballs and it’s no fluke as his Statcast data is filled with red. Nick Castellanos is also a great option and also comes with elite Statcast numbers, but comes with a near identical financials as Ozuna. Tyler Naquin was picked up off the scrap heap and is performing well thus far in 2021. He also brings good Statcast numbers, and as an added bonus, would have 2 more years of team control.
Bryan Reynolds is doing good things for the Pirates and has some serious pedigree. There’s also no doubt that the Pirates would make trades if they felt they were getting better long-term answers. However, Reynolds feels like a long shot, in both fit and in terms of need as power is not his strong suit.
David Peralta will almost definitely not be a Diamondback by season’s end. He’s guaranteed $7.5 MM next season and I’m sure they’d like to cash him in before then. Peralta hits the ball really hard, but has 0 loft. Still, he’d be fine at that price.
I don’t think they’ll trade him…and he’s injured, but Byron Buxton was finally doing what the Twins thought he was capable of before going down with injury on May 6th. Still, he only has one more year of control and that could lend the opportunity to sell high on Buxton. If made available, I’m sure the Braves would be interested.
While I’d like to discuss Adolis Garcia, I don’t think the Rangers would be willing to deal him unless it was for a king’s ransom and no one’s going to pay that on such a small sample. However, I think the Rangers would definitely listen on Joey Gallo. While’s he’s hardly the game changer that many thought he’d become, he’s a power threat at all times and, while he carries a heavy K-rate, he also takes a TON of walks (top 2% in league). As big as he is, he’s also extremely agile and plays a pretty good OF.
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