After the Braves jumpstarted their rebuilding effort by gaining a prospect haul from the Padres in exchange for Justin Upton, Atlanta now has a bit more financial flexibility for the future, to the tune of around $20 MM should they go for John Hart's stated goal of a $100-110 MM payroll. They could have even more if they can pull off another big trade, this time for catcher-turned-left fielder Evan Gattis. Here's Mark Bowman's thoughts on a potential return for El Oso Blanco:
That's the question that Heavy D and The Boyz asked way back when, and now hopefully the Braves will address it. As stated under the previous headline, the Braves have about $20 MM to play with for this offseason, and although they can't exactly go after a marquee name with that type of money (nor would they want to considering the mode that they're in right now), there were two names that our friends over at Tomahawk Take suggested the Braves could possibly go after: James Shields and Nori Aoki.
On Friday, Justin Upton and Martin Prado were both traded on the same day. This is now the 2nd time that this has happened, but the 1st time it happened, they were the centerpieces of a trade between the Braves and Diamondbacks. Now, both players have moved on, and now Fox Sports Arizona is trying to figure out who "won" the deal now that both players are in different cities now.
Here's a phrase that you don't hear everyday: The Pittsburgh Pirates won a bidding war! The Pirates posted a $5 MM bid for the right to negotiate with Korean slugger Jung-Ho Kang, and it ended up being the top bid and now the Pirates will have 30 days to hash out a deal with Kang. The 28-year old infielder had an astronomical slash line of .356/.459/.739 in the offensively-inclined Korean league, but the low bid seems to indicate that the Pirates don't think that they're signing an absolute prodigy here, as Bucs Dugout explains: