Whew! Live look at today’s Hot Stove action:
So much happening, but let’s see what might have fallen through the cracks, shall we?
A Semblance of a Team: Today, we had some excellent news in the world of Atlanta baseball. Personally, I am not upset over the loss of Shelby Miller because I felt his performance this year was unsustainable. However, one thing that comes out of this trade is that there are still only three long time Braves left on the roster and only one of them is a true franchise name – Freddie Freeman.
Freddie is under team control until 2021 and is universally beloved by the fanbase. After trading away other favorite players such as Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, and Andrelton Simmons, it’s a sure bet that if John Coppolella traded the only true star left on the team, the entire Atlanta metroplex area would see wild Southerners marching en masse towards the Ted in an attempt to dismantle the stadium with their own bare hands.
In an attempt to calm Braves fans’ fears, Coppy made a statement to DOB, Braves beat writer extraordinaire, which didn’t actually do anything to relieve said fears:
“Semblance of offense”? I love Freddie, truly, like I love a small child or a delicious ice cream sundae, but the guy’s wrist has been plaguing him all season and still might not be 100%. With these diminished returns, expecting Freddie to be the Braves’ power bat is ludicrous.
Coppy is basically telling all of Braves Country to expect games where not a damn run gets on the board. Not unlike many games I witnessed for the last two years anyway, but now it’s almost a guarantee.
Hot Fish: In less than a week, we’ve gone from “Rest easy, Marlins fans! Your team isn’t shopping Jose Fernandez” to “Teams looking to get Jose Fernandez needs to sign their souls away to Satan as well as mineral rights to the moon along with five of your best hitters.”
And it’s not even being shot down as being impossible!
The Marlins’ beat writer, Joe Frisaro, writes:
and everyone’s favorite bow-tie wearing MLB reporter, Ken Rosenthal, reports the following:
Is there another blockbuster, league shaking move to come? It’s Hot Stove season, where anything is possible.