Nick Cafardo reports on free agents Mike Moustakas and Todd Frazier in his weekly column for the Boston Globe. On Moustakas, Cafardo says that it is hard to see where the market is currently but mentions the Yankees, Mets, Indians and Braves as possible landing spots. In regards to Frazier, Cafardo mentions the Red Sox, Braves, Mets and Padres.
At this point it is still seems doubtful that the Braves bite on either due to the price tag. However, if the price comes down and either could be had on a short deal as has been mentioned for Moustakas of late, then perhaps that could change things.
Funding for the Atlanta Braves’ new spring training campus is starting to come in as the team landed a pair of bonds earlier this week.
The bonds issued this week are based on the state’s grant of more than $20 million. Sarasota County in Florida also contributed more than $20 million, the City of North Port and Mattamy Homes (general partner of the West Villages Partnership) each contributed $4.7 million and the Braves are paying for the remainder of the project, which is expected to cost about $110 million.The Braves have paid for all of the project’s costs so far, including the design and early phases of construction.
Former Braves’ pitcher Bartolo Colon is looking for one more shot and is reportedly seeking a minor-league deal from the Mets.
Speaking of the Mets, they are also reportedly listening to offers for outfielder Juan Lagares but may not be willing to pull the trigger on a deal.
The Minnesota Twins are the latest team to express interest in free agent starter Yu Darvish. KSTP’s Darren Wolfson reports that the Twins are hoping to secure a meeting with Darvish in the near future. The Cubs, Astros and possibly the Rangers are other teams that have been linked to Darvish.