July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Trade Deadline Activity
Franklin was on top of the Ryan Dempster situation, and the previous link is the most recent information available, saying the Braves have moved on from Dempster. While a return to negotiations is possible, it’s more likely the Braves will look elsewhere for their pitching.
The Brewers are in sell mode after getting swept in consecutive series. That means Zack Greinke will most likely go, it’s just a matter of when. From Tom Haudricourt: “The Braves thought they had a deal for Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster but he apparently exercised veto rights and nixed it. Atlanta has scouted Greinke heavily and would like to sign him as a free agent this winter no matter where he is traded. The primary trade bait is a trio of young pitchers – Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado and Mike Minor. The Brewers are thought to rank Teheran first and probably would want another prospect as well.”
Braves.com recap for Wednesday’s win.
AJC quotes following Wednesday’s win.
Fredi Gonzalez on Kris Medlen starting: “That’s an option. It was nice for us to be able to do that, just to give us that option. Roger and I were talking about maybe going to a fourth inning, but he had pitched on Monday, so we didn’t want to take him further than that. But that [starting] is an option going forward. We could do that. It all depends on how we come through the couple of games before that turn comes.”
Around the NL East
Some Marlins were happy to see Hanley Ramirez get traded to Los Angeles. One in particular, it seems, who remained anonymous.
Keith Law analyzes the Hanley deal (Insider).
James Gentile of Beyond the Box Score examines Jordan Zimmermann and “pitching to contact.”
Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley analyzes the Cole Hamels extension. Hamels was given six years and $144 million.
Mets rookie Matt Harvey is making his major league debut today, and Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs has some notes on the debut.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball reviews his preseason top 20 prospects for the Nationals.