Well good morning, Atlanta Braves fans. Unlike a lot of days this offseason where basically nothing has happened, yesterday was surprisingly busy with the Braves making a pair of trades with the new year closing in fast.
First, the Braves acquired reliever Lucas Luetge from the New York Yankees in exchange for prospects Indigo Diaz and Caleb Durbin. Luetge does not throw hard and is older, but most of his other metrics check out, he has two years of team control, and the price was very reasonable.
Not long after that, Alex Anthopoulos and co. made yet another move as they acquired Eli White from the Texas Rangers for cash. White hasn’t exactly done, well, much of anything at the plate in the big leagues, but he can really run and is a very good defensive outfielder. This looks like a move to bolster the bench which, while not sexy, are important kinds of moves to make.
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Elsewhere on the site, we took a look at some prospects in the Braves’ farm system that could make their debuts during the 2023 season. While there isn’t a Ronald Acuna Jr., Michael Harris, or Spencer Strider that is going to take the league by storm (probably), there are still some real prospects that could help the Braves out next season.
Finally, our prospect retrospective series where we have been looking at prospects from back in 2012 continued on with a look at Zeke Spruill. Spruill was decent, if fairly unexciting, starting pitching prospect that ended up being in the trade that brought Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to Braves back in early 2013.
A couple of well-known free agents who are past their prime ended up finding new teams yesterday. First is Corey Kluber who was one of the absolute best starters in the league just a few years ago. Injuries have really hampered Kluber in recent years and he ended up having to take a one year, $10 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.
We also saw Jean Segura find a new team as he signed with the Marlins on a two year, $17 million deal. Segura doesn’t bring much pop to the plate nor does he exactly take many walks, but he does make regular contract and has experience at multiple infield positions. He probably should just be playing second base at this point in his career, though.