We’re not the only ones questioning John Hart’s moves. From Ken Rosenthal:
It has become a common refrain among rival executives this offseason:
“I love John Hart, but . . .”
But I don’t like his offseason. …
(T)he Braves, in the opinions of some rival execs, have made a series of curious decisions, from the players they got back for Heyward and Upton to the signing of free-agent outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract knowing he needed neck surgery.
Time will tell whether Hart still has his fastball and whether the Braves’ evaluations proved correct. But the questions are fair, considering the high level of risk in a number of the team’s moves.
The way the Braves see it, they’ve acquired five pitchers 24 and under: right-handers Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins and Arodys Vizcaino, plus lefties Max Fried and Manny Banuelos. All are or were top prospects. All but Miller were buy-low types due to injuries.
As I’ve written before, Hart can salvage the offseason, and then some, if he signs Cuban mega-prospect Yoan Moncada.