Kansas City just signed Kendrys Morales. The Tigers acquired Yoenis Cespedes and the Padres, Matt Kemp. That appears to eliminate three potential landing spots for J-Up/Gattis and leads me to question whether John Hart’s asking price is too high. Regardless, with fewer suitors, he’s lost some leverage in trade talks.
Meanwhile, the acquisitions of Mat Latos and Dee Gordon by Miami should end any fantasies about the Braves contending in 2015. They’re coming off a sub-.500 season and, at this point, are worse offensively and defensively. Even if they keep J-Up, how are they better than a year ago?
The offseason’s still young but it’s hard to imagine a path to the playoffs for this crew.