The Athletic’s David O’Brien and Jeff Schultz pressed the Braves’ front office for answers about the team’s payroll and moves this offseason."Assuming you haven’t had your head buried in the sand for the last few months Justin Verlander Jersey
, you may have noticed that since the Braves brought in Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann early on in the offseason, the Braves have not done much. Signing Nick Markakis to a one-year deal didn’t move the needle much at all for fans (for many, it was actually disheartening) and the Braves have done little else.To say that fans have noticed is a bit of an understatement. Not a day has gone by in recent weeks where the internet has been rife with Braves fans clamoring for the Braves to do something. This was particularly true when one of the Braves chief division rivals, the Phillies Houston Astros Jersey
, swooped in seemingly at the last minute and traded for J.T. Realmuto when many Braves fans had hoped and even expected that he would be in Atlanta for spring training.With the fan disapproval rising daily, The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz and David O’Brien took the time to sit down with Alex Anthopoulos and Terry McGuirk to press them on the team’s decisions this offseason and what fans could expect going forward.Yes, yes....it is behind The Athletic’s paywall....I know. We are going to respect that and not do much in the way of direct quoting and spoiling everything. However, the abridged Cliff Notes version is still quite telling.From Anthopoulos http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey
, the talking points were familiar. He indicated that the Braves could still very well make a move but that the team hasn’t found a deal they like yet for baseball reasons, not because he has been limited financially. AA did also indicate that he still has some real financial flexibility, but was not going to be pressed into making a move just to make a move. It isn’t surprising that Anthopoulos was completely unwilling to say anything that could impact his current negotiating position.However, the comments from Terry McGuirk were more telling and revealing. McGuirk claimed ownership of the fact that he was essentially the final point man on budgetary and financial decisions. He also said that the team has not once talked to or been dictated to about potential payroll or roster moves by Liberty Media when pressed by Schultz and O’Brien on Liberty’s involvement and profits. One of the more interesting sets of tidbits was where McGuirk went on at length about how expensive it is to run a development and organization like the Braves have and the economics of the debt the team carries. He clearly states that he expected the team to be a mid-level to upper mid-level payroll team in 2020 and that current financial decisions were in service of that goal.If you don’t come away from this short and incomplete summary feeling better Hector Rondon Jersey
, its because that was most certainly not the intent of the article.Schultz and O’Brien truly pressed both men in the Q&A on these issues and the result is the result. The article is absolutely worth a read as it at least is asking the questions that many of us are asking right now....even if the answers don’t inspire the most confidence. CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers added bullpen help for the final stretch, acquiring veteran Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox for two minor leaguers on Friday.Cedeno is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 33 appearances after signing with Chicago as a minor league free agent in January. The left-hander is 10-7 with a 3.81 ERA in eight seasons with Houston, Washington, Tampa Bay and the White Sox.“We’re just trying to fortify the roster as best we can and give ourselves options and depth for whatever happens in this month http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey
,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.Later Friday, the Brewers added a lefty to their rotation, acquiring Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers and international slot money.Milwaukee entered Friday holding the second NL wild card spot. The Brewers were third in the NL Central behind the Cubs and Cardinals.The White Sox got outfielder Bryan Connell and right-hander Johan Dominguez in the deal. They also purchased promising reliever Ian Hamilton’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte.The 23-year-old Hamilton had never pitched in the majors. He was a combined 3-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 43 appearances with Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte this season.The 19-year-old Connell batted .239 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs over 48 games with the between the Dominican Summer League Brewers and Advanced Rookie Helena. The 22-year-old Domínguez was 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 23 relief appearances with the Brewers’ Dominican summer and Arizona League teams as well as Helena.