Atlanta Braves News
The Winter Meetings came and went for the Atlanta Braves with a few rumors but no action. That isn’t terribly surprising given that Alex Anthopoulos has previously indicated that he prefers to do business before or after the meetings. Atlanta is looking for value and may be best served waiting until January to fill in holes in the corner outfield as well as the bullpen.
“I think the biggest mistake we could make is to try to force a deal to sign somebody to three, four or five years that we like, but we don’t love,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.
Barring the acquisition of another starter, the Braves’ 2019 rotation appears set with Mike Foltynewicz, Sean Newcomb, Kevin Gausman, Julio Teheran and an open competition for the fifth spot amongst many of the team’s pitching prospects.
The Braves chose not to make any selections during Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft and didn’t have any of their players selected either. MLB Trade Rumors has a recap of the major league portion of the draft.
The Indians, Mariners and Rays made the final trade of the Winter Meetings with Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto closing the deal from a hospital bed. Edwin Encarnacion and a Competitive Balance Round B pick go to the Mariners. Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers are headed to the Indians while Yandy Diaz and minor league right-hander Cole Sulser are headed to Tampa.
Milwaukee and Texas also swung a deal on Thursday. The Brewers add reliever Alex Claudio in exchange for a Competitive Balance Round A pick. Claudio had a down season in 2018 but still handled left-handed hitters well and Milwaukee is counting on a bounce back season.