LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
New Braves ubiquitous manager Alex Anthopoulos has pronounced he doesn’t intend to come out with guns blazing and trade tip prospects until he gets a improved feel for a organization’s tip talent, though maybe he would make an difference if he could land Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, an superb all-around immature actor who’s underneath contractual control for 5 seasons on a team-friendly deal.
There was conjecture along those lines Tuesday after a news by MLB.com Marlins author Joe Frisaro that a Braves were among approximately 10 teams that have talked to a Marlins about Yelich. The Cardinals also were among teams posterior Marlins outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Yelich in hopes of alighting either, after St. Louis was spurned by no-trade-clause-wielding Giancarlo Stanton, a home-run champion traded this week to a Yankees.
The Marlins’ modernized believe of a Cardinals’ plantation complement following a Stanton negotiations finished it easier for a teams to allege fast in discussions for one of a payroll-shedding Marlins’ other dual outfielders, Ozuna and Yelich, and there was conjecture as Tuesday wore on that a understanding could be nearby for St. Louis to acquire Ozuna, approaching giving adult during slightest a integrate of immature pitchers and an outfielder to get it done.
Meanwhile, Anthopoulos pronounced a Braves had turn some-more active in discussions Tuesday on a second day of a Winter Meetings, indicating that no understanding was imminent, though things had changed forward. As is his policy, he didn’t plead any specifics or contend that actor or players was involved.
“We’re not tighten to anything, though we feel like it’s some-more active today, some-more active discussions,” Anthopoulos said. “Let’s not emanate a stir among a fan bottom like we’re about to do something. But a day ago it was flattering asleep overall. I’d contend currently there’s some things we need to speak about a small bit some-more and get into. There’s things we have a possibility to try a small further. Whether that leads to anything, who knows.
“But a day ago there wasn’t much, and currently there’s during slightest some things for us to speak about.”
Yelich could be approaching to cost extremely some-more than Ozuna in a trade, given Yelich’s 5 years of contractual control compared with Ozuna’s two. But a Braves, with one of a dual or 3 best plantation systems in baseball, could make a understanding occur if they’re peaceful to give adult a package of immature players, including a few high-level prospects, approaching including during slightest a integrate of pitchers.
That is, unless a Marlins confirm to keep Yelich, who has a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger endowment on his resume, or during slightest wait until after in a offseason to make that decision.
The Marlins had no such hesitation to understanding Ozuna. If a Cardinals finalized a understanding for Ozuna, it would discharge one intensity aspirant for a Braves in their office of Yelich, should a Marlins get an offer they deemed too clever to pass adult and confirm to trade him, too.
While Anthopoulos pronounced Monday he designed to take a “measured, discreet approach” in trade immature players during his initial year as Braves GM, he also pronounced that improving a Braves’ invulnerability was an offseason priority. And a rapid Yelich would really do that in possibly left margin or right field, environment adult a intensity stellar Braves outfield of two-time Gold Glove core fielder Ender Inciarte flanked by super awaiting Ronald Acuna and Yelich.
Yelich won a Gold Glove Award as a left fielder in his initial full deteriorate in 2014 and played 155 games in core margin in 2017.
Acuna, who turns 20 this month, was Baseball America’s Minor League Player of a Year and a Arizona Fall League MVP, and he’s approaching to contest for a starting pursuit in a spring. The Braves would have to pierce their maestro dilemma outfielders, Nick Markakis and Matt Kemp, to open spots for Acuna and Yelich. Trading Markakis seems doable, though a Braves competence have to eat all or many of a remaining $36 million they owe Kemp over a subsequent dual years.
Yelich, who incited 26 this month, is entering a fourth deteriorate of a seven-year, $49.57 million agreement that pays him $7 million in 2018, $9.75 million in 2019, $12.5 million in 2020 and $14 million in 2021 with a $15 million group choice in 2022 and $1.25 million buyout.
A maladroit hitter, Yelich has a .290 normal with 59 home runs, a .369 OBP and .800 OPS in only over 2,800 image appearances by his initial 4 1/2 seasons.
He’s strike 30 or some-more doubles in any of his 4 full seasons, had 39 homers and 179 RBIs over a past dual seasons while personification 311 games, and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2016 after attack .298 with 21 homers and an .859 OPS. He was 19th in a National League MVP balloting that year.
The California local was a first-round breeze collect in 2010 out of Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb.