A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers. We hope that you are eating yourselves silly, travel safe, and enjoying time with your loved ones. The Atlanta Braves didn’t make any moves of note yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have some interesting options nor does it mean that they are being quiet behind the scenes.
For example, there was a rumor floating around this week that the Braves were at the very least kicking the tires on former Seattle Mariner Mitch Haniger. Haniger was a popular trade target amongst Braves fans a few years ago, but injuries have really mucked with him in recent seasons. Here is a look at why the Braves could be considering Haniger.
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Elsewhere on the site, we had the second installment of our Tomahawk Take Awards where we turned out attention to the pitching staff. In another close vote, Max Fried took home the crown of our Braves Cy Young award with Spencer Strider nearly pulling off the upset. Having two guys (plus Kyle Wright who is no slouch either) of the quality of Fried and Strider is a luxury the Braves are lucky (and happy) to have.
Finally, we continued our season reviews with Kenley Jansen who, despite some stumbles here and there, was a really solid piece of the Braves beloved bullpen in 2022. Was he perfect? Absolutely not, but he was largely excellent and gave the Braves some big time performances when they needed him the most.
The Angels made a splash late on Tuesday night when they acquired Hunter Renfroe from the Brewers. That move, plus their generally high levels of activity to start this offseason, has Fansided’s own Robert Murray thinking that the Angels are going all-in this season. They should.
Jacob deGrom is rightfully one of the most coveted pitchers in baseball. While his recent injury issues are a concern, there is also probably not a more dominant pitcher in the game right now when he is healthy. The Mets seem like they have a back-up plan for if/when he signs elsewhere this offseason as it sounds like they are looking to bring Carlos Rodon into the fold if deGrom ends up elsewhere.
In sadder news, despite the fact that he is on the Phillies roster, Bryce Harper did officially go under the knife yesterday and had Tommy John surgery. The initial timetable for his return as their DH is around the All-Star break. Seriously, Bryce…take your time. Take the whole season off if you need to. We won’t mind.
Aaron Judge’s market continues to be a hot one as teams try to stay in contention for his services. Judge is very well-known to be visiting with the Giants this week and to help recruit the slugger, the Giants asked Warriors star Steph Curry to help out.