#Braves have little left to deal, and the dominant bullpen that could be

Arodys Vizcaino might have brought back an intriguing prospect. But after a series of bad outings, and now a DL stint, Coppy would be selling low on Viz.

Keeping him would give the Braves a dynamic, and extremely cost-effective, bullpen in 2017 that could be the envy of baseball. From the left side, Ian Krol has been a revelation, holding lefties to a .584 OPS, holding his own vs. righties and striking out more than a batter per inning. Dario Alvarez has missed even more bats, averaging two strikeouts per inning. Hunter Cervenka has struggled with control but has shown an ability to pitch out of trouble. Perhaps the best of the southpaws available to the Braves is 2015 draft pick A.J. Minter who, in 20-2/3 IP, has allowed six hits, 5 walks and struck out 27.

From the right side, Vizcaino, Mauricio Cabrera, Shae Simmons (die to be activated soon), Chris Withrow and Dan Winkler, if healthy, provide just as much firepower.

So back to Coppy’s favorite pastime: Trades. What’s left to deal? Don’t be surprised if he attempts to package some prospects to Milwaukee for Jonathan Lucroy, a gifted hitter and among the top defensive backstops in the game. He’s signed through next year, so seemingly any deal would be contingent on an extension, but there would be risks involved, mainly Lucroy’s age (he turns 31 next June).

It would seem to be Coppy’s best chance to make a significant deal. Hopefully he can unload Markakis but he wouldn’t get much in return. Aybar, Jim Johnson, et al will fetch even less. If anything.



3 thoughts on “#Braves have little left to deal, and the dominant bullpen that could be

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  1. “I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to compete for the playoffs this year,” Lucroy said. “If I did that, you’d call me a liar. I’d lose credibility and respect. I want to win and I don’t see us winning in the foreseeable future. I want to go to a World Series. That’s what all players want. Rebuilding is not a lot of fun for any veteran guy.” – Jan 2016

    Atlanta probably not too high on his list. And the talent cost to get him would be significant considering nobody has presented the Brewers with an “acceptable” offer yet despite many months of trade rumors.

  2. It’s no mystery why the Braves have had a slew of wild pitches lately with a 39-year old over-the-hill ‘catcher’.

  3. I have no interest in Lucroy. A 30+ catcher with an attitude that will not square with him being here, plus a game that I think is pretty shaky and due for a downturn sooner rather than later.

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