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Winter Meetings Rumor Wrap for Day 2

TORONTO, ON – JULY 28: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays is helped off the field by trainers George Poulis and Mike Frostad after injuring his ankle in the third inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Rogers Centre on July 28, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Alex Anthopoulos seems like he’s ready to go ahead and pack his bags to go back to Atlanta, but that hasn’t stopped some very interesting rumors involving the Braves.

The level of activity has picked up around Las Vegas at the Winter Meetings, though the Atlanta Braves continue to report that for them “nothing is close” and they are still waiting for the free agent market to come to them.

GM Alex Anthopoulos is content not to chase after other clubs in their pursuit of new players, but instead appears ready to stick with his plans, which include staying within a budget.

Meanwhile, there have definitely been some interesting news around:  some that will impact the Braves indirectly and some perhaps more directly in the coming days and weeks.

So as has been our habit over the past couple of days, let’s go around the league and hit the highlights as the last full day of the Winter Meetings is about to begin.


Troy Tulowitzki

This almost certainly will not impact the Braves, but it’s still noteworthy.

On Tuesday, The Toronto Blue Jays made the eye-opening decision to release oft-injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The move will still require the Blue Jays to send regular paychecks to ‘Tulo’ for the additional 2 years of his contract and a 2021 option buyout.  A total of $38 million.  Ouch.

This move means that while the Blue Jays will move on with youngsters, they obviously could not find a soul interested in helping to relieve them of this roster spot and financial burden… none of it.

Tulowitzki is reported to be in good health, but … he’s still going to be a longshot to get a starting job anywhere.  Still an interesting and difficult day for Jays’ fans.

On Marcus Stroman:  I would honestly not hold my breath here.  Just valuing him for trade purposes is going to be difficult.  Actually putting him into a rotation could be a bit risky.


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