Well, the inevitable became a reality for the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Yesterday was the deadline for contract options and for making qualifying offers before the free-agent bonanza. It was wildly known that if the Braves couldn’t renew him before the deadline, Dansby was a fatal ban to get the QO so that if he signed elsewhere the Braves would at least get a decent draft pick as compensation .
The deadline came and Dansby was indeed one of 14 players to receive qualifying offers from across the league. If the Braves don’t broker a deal with him quickly, Dansby is also assured to turn down the qualifying offer and go into the free-agent market, where some pretty big dollar numbers could be flashed in his general direction.
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Elsewhere in the Braves news, the Silver Slugger Awards were announced, and while the Braves had multiple finalists in 2022 (which is hardly a surprise given how good offense they are), not a single one took home Brave Hardware.
The Braves also made some roster changes, although the impact was very small. The Braves added a pair of minor leagues (no, those weren’t the roster moves to protect players from Rule 5) to the 40-man roster and activated Huascar Ynoa and Manny Pina from the IL. As a result, the 40-man roster is now full… although it would be fairly easy to make room if needed.
We have published some original content on the site. The debate over what to do with shortstop rages on, with the case for Xander Bogaerts’ signing unveiled yesterday. He certainly has some defensive questions, but he can’t deny his racquet. We also heard overnight that the Braves don’t seem afraid of contract terms (AAV or years), although it’s fair to be skeptical.
We also had some discussions as to why the Braves should sign Jacob deGrom. The payroll might not allow it, but it’s fun to consider the idea, especially when the Braves decide to go a cheap route at shortstop. Finally, our season recap series continued with Travis d’Arnaud having a sneakily good season in 2022.
As previously mentioned, the Silver Slugger Awards were announced Thursday night. If you wanted to see who beat the Braves finalists and got angry (all were well deserved winners, imo), here’s who took home the trophies.
The Padres started the signing frenzy when they decided to lock down one of their key bullpen arms. The team agreed to a five-year, $46 million deal with Robert Suarez. Suarez was a key late-inning option for the Padres, so jailing him at $9 million a year seems like an easy pick.
We also had a trade when the Pirates snapped Ji-Man Choi from the Rays against minor league Jack Hartman. It’s worth watching in the future, if only to see if the Rays found a way to cheat another team.