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The Braves’ signing of Brian McCann shows that teams
05-17-2019, 11:09 AM
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The Braves’ signing of Brian McCann shows that teams
aren’t waiting for the Marlins to break the ice on the catcher’s market. If the Fish still want to get a lot in a trade Avisail Garcia Jersey , they may have to give a little."The Braves have seemingly committed to platooning the 34-year old lefty with Tyler Flowers. While Flowers appears poised to bounce back after undercutting his xwOBA by 25 points and leading all catchers in Hard Hit Percentage in 2018*, it would be foolhardy to predict a full regression of McCann’s .229 BABIP to more normal levels. Assuming Flowers returns to his 2017 self, I would still cap the combined fWAR at catcher around 3.Meanwhile, Realmuto has broken the 3 fWAR barrier now three years in a row. Last year, he was—all together now—The Most Valuable Catcher in the MLB. Although it’s a possibility that Realmuto can be extended with his new team, if the Braves wanted to, they could also just offer him his regular Arb-2 contract, which I predicted would sit somewhere around $5.6 million. That’s just $3.6 million more than what McCann received, and it still invites anywhere from around $22-$35 million in surplus value from the 27-year-old.So where is the rub? Why would the Braves decide to take McCann while Realmuto is very much available? Well the answer is obviously the impending prospect haul. It’s common knowledge that the Braves have an embarrassment of riches just beginning to breach the surface at the Major League level. The Marlins are in the right to try and take from this wellspring of talent.SiriusXM host Craig Mish cautions us that the McCann acquisition does not rule out the Realmuto-to-Atlanta possibility. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears the same from his sources (subscription required).But for the team to dig their heels in on high-profile farmhands like Christian Pache, Kyle Wright, Touki Toussaint, Austin Riley, and Ian Anderson is asking a lot of any team. Rosenthal’s report also cites Miami’s request for second baseman OzzieAlbies, which didn’t gain traction because of the combination of youth and MLB production that makes him a critical piece to the Braves core.Make no mistake about it: the Marlins are very concerned about appearances. They are trying to turn a new leaf, and thus far http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , they have successfully done so. They have regained favor in the hearts of many with their community outreach, their flashy rebrand, and their foray into the International free agent market, with the signings of the Mesa Bros. The last domino in place is Realmuto, and the team has to know that the fans want one more big haul. However, if the Marlins become bent on a position and trying to save face by requesting beyond their means, they are going to be in an exceedingly uncomfortable predicament. Don’t get pressured into too little of a return with time winding down in the offseason, or retain Realmuto for 2019 when it is so clearly against his wishes.In the meantime, the battlefield is now set for the catcher’s market:It’s unfair to put tradable catchers on a list with free agents because it ignores the simple, most significant point: if a team wants a free agent, they don’t have to give up two premium prospects. While it’s true that free agents often demand higher salaries, recall thatRealmuto could also be extended long term. In terms of an extension, he would be in position to challenge Yadier Molina and Buster Posey for highest AAV on a contract for a catcher. Now a team may have to fork over prospects and payroll to have Realmuto? That is a lot to ask, and if the Marlins get too grabby, teams with stacked farm systems like the Dodgers Bobby Jenks Jersey , Astros, and Rockies may tell the Fish to kick rocks and default to guys like Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Ramos, or Martin Maldonado. The moral of the story is that flipping Realmuto is much easier said than done. It is easy to get caught up in his accolades and convince ourselves that a team will bet the farm on Realmuto. While J.T.’s value has never been higher, the Marlins still have to acknowledge that there is a ceiling on what they can ask for. As caveated, only the people within the Marlins’ Baseball ops really know what went down in the negotiations with the Braves. There’s no doubt that the powers that be for the Marlins are experienced negotiators who know what it takes to get deals done in the MLB.But if the Braves were scared away by over-positional bargaining tactics, the Marlins may need to rethink their strategy. Otherwise, before they can do anything about it, this market will quickly slip through their fingers.Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs.com and Spotrac.com *among catchers with at least 250 plate appearances; Flowers had 296 The Pittsburgh Pirates, like other teams realistically out of contention for a playoff spot, are looking to the future. That doesn’t just mean having a look at young call-ups this month.There is a burgeoning competition in the rotation, one that isn’t much more than a mythical designation at this point, but one that has been illustrated by two eye-popping stretches.Right-hander Jameson Taillon, who is scheduled to face the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series at PNC Park, has made 17 straight starts allowing three runs or fewer http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , dating to May 27.Article continues below ...Taillon (11-9, 3.45 ERA) has competition for Pirates staff ace from right-hander Trevor Williams, who has a 0.66 ERA in his past nine starts, including 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in a 5-1 win in the series opener.There has been no public sparring between Taillon and Williams over who is No. 1. Taillon, who has completed six innings in seven consecutive starts, just seems grateful for his growth as a major league starter. He will be making his 28th start Wednesday with 159 innings under his belt.“You can learn from your success just as easily as you can from your failure. I seem to take something away from every start, every bullpen — there’s always something,” he said Friday after he struck out seven in seven innings in a 3-2 win over Atlanta.“It feels good to be taking the ball. It feels good to look up there and see my inning count up there. You see it on the scoreboard. It’s something to be proud of, taking the ball and pitching deep into games. That’s something that I want to be known for. I don’t know if I’ve been known for that in my career the way that I want to be. So, going forward, that’s a point of focus.”Taillon is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 career starts against the Reds.The Pirates (68-71) will be going for a series sweep Wednesday and are 11-4 this year against Cincinnati (59-81), which has lost five of seven overall.Going against Taillon, 26, Wednesday will be right-hander Homer Bailey (1-13, 6.13 ERA) Carlton Fisk Jersey , a grizzled veteran by comparison.Bailey, 32, enters the game three strikeouts shy of 1,000 in his career, with 1,225 1/3 innings under his belt.The Reds’ struggles have affected his record. Cincinnati is 1-18 in Bailey’s 19 starts.He is 0-6 in with a 5.26 ERA in seven starts since coming off the disabled list because of right knee inflammation. However, he has 33 strikeouts and eight walks in 39 1/3 innings in those seven outings.In a 12-5 loss to St. Louis Friday, Bailey gave up seven runs in five innings, but only three runs were earned.“He’s getting closer and closer to being what he can be, but as he goes through it, he’s not getting away with anything,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said of Bailey. “Hitters are all over his stuff, and he’s pitching into some bad luck.”Against Pittsburgh, Bailey is 10-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 23 career starts.
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