The offseason churn seems to be moving now, as major pieces are moving or appear likely to move soon. Juan Soto was traded to the Yankees from San Diego, which is nice for Atlanta to have him out of the NL, but is one of the game’s best players changing teams. Meanwhile a major free agent signed in Arizona, in the form of Eduardo Rodriguez, on a deal that I think may end up looking the best of the top MLB proven starters from this year’s free agent class, at $80 million over four years. There are reports that suggest both Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Shohei Ohtani are likely to sign in the coming days as well, which should get things moving below them in both the pitching and hitting markets. The winter meetings themselves may not have been a spectacle of transactions, but it appears they may have greased the wheels for the transactions to begin.
The Braves made an addition via the minor league portion of the rule 5 draft, adding Tyler Thomas.
Atlanta added some organizational depth, signing veteran Leury Garcia to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite.
We took a look at the remarkable youth of the Atlanta core.
Garrett reviewed one of the Braves’ highest upside hitting prospects, Luis Guanipa’s 2023 season.
Brady reviewed Darius Vines’ up and down 2023.
The Yankees traded for Juan Soto from the Padres in a seven player deal.
The Orioles signed Braves’ legend Craig Kimbrel to a one year deal.
The Reds are reportedly in serious talks with Jeimer Candelario to sign the infielder.
Here are the Rule 5 draft results.