On Sunday, the first truly big move of the MLB Offseason occurred, though it did not result in a change of scenery for a major name. Starting Pitcher Aaron Nola, who continued to be reported as a legitimated starting pitching target for the Atlanta Braves, resigned with the Philadelphia Phillies for seven years and $172M. Jeff Passan confirmed the Braves interest in Nola:
The Atlanta Braves were a real threat to poach Aaron Nola. But as negotiations with Nola and his agents, Joe Longo and Garrett Parcell, went on, the Phillies stepped up and gave out their biggest contract for a pitcher and 11th biggest ever. @BNightengale was on top of things.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 19, 2023
In the end, Nola simply wanted to stay in Philadelphia. But this was further confirmation the Braves are looking to make a significant addition to the starting rotation. With Nola off the market, Sonny Gray may be emerging as the next target for the Braves. Of course, with Alex Anthopolous at the helm. nothing can be counted out, including the unexpected. The key is that it looks as if Atlanta will remain aggressive to bolster its pitching as the offseason rolls on.
- The 2023 Player Review Series rolls on with Cal Conley and Michael Soroka.
- Brad Rowland and Scott Coleman dive into a busy week for the Braves on the latest edition of the Battery Power Podcast.
- The Phillies remain interested in Japanese starting pitcher Yashinobo Yamamoto, as they join a long list of suiters.
- The Blue Jays are open to moving former ace Alex Manoah.
- Like the Braves and others, the Dodgers are interested in more starting pitching, which could include a potential trade of White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease.