The Cubs and Diamondbacks are out, reports Ken Rosenthal. The Cubs seeed to be a particularly good match, with Jorge Soler and catching prospect Willson Contreras filling major needs for the Braves. They appeared near a deal last night, supposedly involving strikeout machine Javier Baez, so I’m glad that one was nixed. (Besides, I thought “the plan” involved contact hitters; Baez has 119 Ks in 298 big league at-bats.)
As CD speculates, Coppy will probably settle for the Dodgers’ 4th best pitching prospect.
My guess they don’t trade him, claiming it as a proof they’re trying to win now. But that’s both dishonest and delusional because they’re not going to win now, or next year, and maybe not the next — Shelby’s last before free agency.
It sucks having zero confidence in your front office. But here we are.