Hot Stove Week of 11/16/15: The Braves, Chris Davis and Aroldis Chapman

A bunch has happened in a week, since when the Red Sox were able to acquire Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres. Not much has come to fruition in the past week but the market is getting hotter and many teams seem to be very set on making a splash this offseason. It looks like those splashes will be coming soon as we inch towards the Winter Meetings and deeper into the offseason.

Rumors and Stories

  • The Houston Astros are looking to gain a veteran presence for their rotation to pair with Keuchel, McHugh and McCullers. The Astros have a deep prospect pool and they could definitely make a move to get a veteran starting pitcher whether it is through free agency or the trade market. Don’t forget about #1 overall pick Mark Appel who is still in their farm system and will probably get his first MLB action next season.
  • The Atlanta Braves are looking for a new team, new stadium and a new start. Last season the Braves made it clear that they were all-in for the rebuilding process by losing Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, and Melvin Upton to the Padres along with losing Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals in trade for SP Shelby Miller. It seemed that Atlanta was looking to build a team around their long-term contract players like Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman behind the pitching duo of Julio Teheran and Shelby Miller. The Braves recently parted with perennial Gold Glove contender Andrelton Simmons by sending him to the Angels and received two pitching prospects along with Erick Aybar. Now Atlanta is supposedly shopping around Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and Shelby Miller (Diamondbacks and Braves spoke about a trade involving Miller and AJ Pollock). If those ideas end up happening the Braves will be in for a long year but they certainly will have an extremely strong future with all of the assumed prospects that they would get in return.
    • The Braves recently traded outfielder Cameron Maybin for Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. Neither Krol nor Speier look too impressive but you never know who will find success when they get a new uniform and surroundings.
  • Leonys Martin was dealt to the Mariners from the Rangers in a five player deal. I think this was a great pickup for the Mariners to add a strong centerfielder with a positive future to their roster. I do believe that the Mariners got the better deal but I don’t necessarily think that the Rangers lost the trade. The Rangers are in great position with their outfield due to their two outfield prospects Nomar Mazara and Lewis Brinson. Texas is also in great position since they made the playoffs this season and with Mazara a year closer to the show, once Gallo and Mazara find a permanent home in Arlington, Texas the Rangers will be a force to be reckoned with.
  • Chris Davis, the man, the myth and the guy that either hits a homerun or strikes out, absolutely no inbetween. Apparently the Cardinals are interested in Davis who is looking for a large contract as a left-handed power bat. Davis has a lot of raw power but sometimes he can’t get the bat on the ball for days and that really hurts a team’s morale. On the other hand, the Cardinals have been so close to a World Series title in recent years and maybe Davis will push them over the edge to get the title.
  • The Yankees are potentially trading Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller. The Yanks are looking for starting pitching and a shortstop. Maybe the Cubs could help them out with Starlin Castro since they have Addison Russell. The Cubs have expressed interest in Jeff Samardzija and also Zack Greinke to solidify their rotation alongside Arrieta and Lester. The Cubs might make a big splash soon which will leave other teams playing catch-up in order to match their talent.

Shorter Rumors and Stories

  • The Reds are seeming quite desperate to trade Aroldis Chapman, known for his 100+ mph fastball that has touched 105 mph. Cincinnati has said that they plan on moving Chapman before the Winter Meetings. Chapman will definitely help any bullpen that he joins by ten-fold.
  • The LA Dodgers will announce their new manager by the end of the week.
  • The SF Giants extended their SS Brandon Crawford for 6 years, $75 million
  • Very consistent relief pitcher, Darren O’Day is seeking a four year deal around $30 million total. Interested teams include the Dodgers, and the Athletics both looking to nail down a set-up man in front of their talented closer, Kenley Jansen and Sean Doolittle respectively.
  • And lastly, the Cleveland Indians are looking to swap a starting pitcher in return for an outfielder. I think the most common scenario will be with the Miami Marlins and the trade will be Ozuna for Trevor Bauer.
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