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Atlanta Braves trade rumors – the chatter is increasing

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 04: General manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves talk during batting practice prior to Game One of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The ‘70% agreement’ deal still isn’t done, but there are some things starting to thaw from this iceberg of an off-season market.

It has been a couple of days since writing on this topic, and a few thoughts have been gathering in what will likely become a stream-of-consciousness brain dump on the Atlanta Braves and the remaining market opportunities.

The meaning of the number

Fred gave us a run-down on his thoughts about the trade that was – as of Tuesday – about 70% in agreement.  There’s something I’ve noticed since then… let me cite the quote from @SlmSolo (Stacy) again for us:

Funny, I used the iceberg metaphor above before looking up this tweet again… seems that Alex Anthopoulos is sharing our collective frustrations.

Note the nuance here:  it isn’t that the parties are 70% done… it’s that about 70% of the overall deal is in agreement.  Many – including me – read that the other way ’round.

That’s a fairly large distinction, and one that suggests that nothing is necessarily imminent to being completed.  In fact, there’s some additional things we can understand from that reading:

  • The headliners/centerpieces are probably agreed upon.  Certainly, I would count such a thing as being ‘more than halfway’.
  • It’s a fairly big deal in concept.  If this were a one-for-one proposal, for example, it would be done already… there is no ‘70%’ milestone in such a thing.
  • This quote was uttered on Tuesday morning, first thing.  We can assume that there’s now at least 3+ days of time that has passed since the ‘70%’ mark was reached.  That suggests that one of the parties is mulling and perhaps waiting for a better offer, perhaps without a sense of urgency.

So now we have to go back and see if we can guess – again – what might be going on…

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