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.

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2 comments

  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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