July 25, 2012 at 10:51 am by Franklin Rabon under Atlanta Braves
After all the craziness from yesterday, it appears that most everything that was reported here was 100% accurate. The Braves have moved on from Dempster, and while they’d still field calls from the Cubs, it’s a low priority, highly unlikely, and the deal the Braves would offer the Cubs wouldn’t be the same.
As was stated last night, the Braves had top scout Jim Fregosi watching Greinke, who gave quite a show. He seems to have answered any health questions that may have been out there in the aftermath of his skipped start. The Brewers still seem to be holding out for an astronomical, in fact comical, haul for him, but there is some belief that they are slowly softening. Obviously Greinke is the top target in the sense that he is the guy the Braves most want, but they certainly don’t seem willing to give up Teheran and Delgado for him, which still seems to be what the Brewers want.
I know the Braves are looking at other pitchers as well, but I don’t really have any information about them, other than simply reading MLBTR just like the rest of you.
It is not believed that the Braves are particularly close to a deal with another club at the moment, but occasionally these things can be quick in developing. And ‘security’ has seemingly tightened up a bit in the aftermath of all this. All I know as of now is that the Braves are targeting several pitchers, that they are actively talking to a number of different teams, and that Greinke is still atop their wish list.
It is not believed that being division rivals would be a major impediment in a potential Josh Johnson trade, should the Braves pursue that route. Though I have no idea where he ranks in their priority list.