Batter Up!: Puig Signing Shows Braves Aggression

Will Palaszczuk
July 14, 2020 - 4:16 pm

As we get down to a single-digit number of days before the start of MLB's 60-game grand experiment, the guys at the Batter Up! Podcast find themselves in the laboratory.

Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos revealed in his first meeting with the media before the start of Summer Camp that he expects an "active" trade deadline with teams making more "go for broke" type moves in order to capitalize on the brief season.

Following the injury to Nick Markakis and the uncertainty of Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman because of COVID-19, Anthopoulos pulled off a shrewd move Tuesday by inviting veteran outfielder Yasiel Puig to the Atlanta fold.

Puig split 2019 with the two Ohio teams, Cleveland & Cincinnati after falling out of favor with the Dodgers.

Will Palaszczuk believes Anthopoulos could be apt to more moves like this at the trade deadline, because there's more to gain than lose in this quirky season.

"For a team like the Braves who has gotten to the LDS ceiling the last couple of years, any opportunity to get past that, I think he will take," Palaszczuk said.

Joe Patrick believes that the brevity of the season will make it harder to decipher the "haves" from the "have nots".

"If you were a team like the Marlins, no one is realistically thinking they have a chance, but they do have some young talent," Patrick said. "What if they get off to a really hot start? It's going to be so volatile to wait to see if they have a realistic chance before they start to deal players."

Caleb Johnson believes the fact that even completing a season is in doubt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, teams might be reticent to part with precious player capital.

"Why would any general manager make a move for a player that they wouldn't be able to utilize to their full extent," Johnson said. "I don't see a lot of activity happening." 

What do you think? Do you expect Anthopoulos to wheel and deal like last July? Or a more conservative approach?

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