Despite uninspiring start, #Braves can still salvage offseason

I wasn’t thrilled with the Heyward trade and the Markakis signing confounds me. But if John Hart can get a decent return on J-Up, and sign Yoan Moncada, the offseason will be a success, though not as big as it might’ve been.



  1. Agreed.

    I’ve been sitting on the Markakis signing for several days, trying to see the angle being taken toward the bigger picture of building a great team for 2017. It still doesn’t make sense to me.
    He’s a decent enough player, and the cost isn’t absurd, but the move seems more like a Ruben Amaro Jr. move. I didn’t like the idea, but I would’ve preferred signing Yasmany Tomas for four guaranteed years with an opt out clause if he performed well enough to cash in at the backend.
    Even better would have been a trade for Michael Saunders, who the Blue Jays stole for a 5th spot starter, long reliever.
    What comes back in the J Up trade will be the fulcrum of the offseason.

  2. I lobbied for Saunders, too, and now I see that a 31-yo left-handed hitting corner outfielder with local ties could have been had for much less than Markakis: Brandon Moss, a Loganville native who has a .844 OPS over the last 3 seasons w/ Oakland. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Indians are likely to acquire Moss for a marginal prospect not even on the 40-man roster. Moss has 2 more years before he hits FA.

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