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Feb 17, 2018
Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Dickerson was surprisingly DFA’d by the Rays on Saturday. It would make sense for the Braves to add an outfielder this spring, and the Rays have made a pretty decent one available as they (surprisingly) DFA’d slugger Corey Dickerson on Saturday night. Could the two sides match up in a deal? Jon Morosi — who is known for reporting his own speculation as rumor instead of actual discussions being had — thinks it might happen. #Braves are trying to add an outfielder, source confirms, and could be a suitor for Corey Dickerson. He grew up in Mississippi, where the Braves are the most...
Feb 9, 2018
2018 NL East preview: Marlins begin long rebuild after ugly offseason

2018 NL East preview: Marlins begin long rebuild after ugly offseason

Marlins rebuild process begins now. This past week on Talking Chop we previewed the Nationals, Mets and Phillies. We broke down their lineups, rotations, bullpens and general outlooks for 2018 and beyond. It’s nearly impossible to do that for the Marlins. We’re a few days away from pitchers and catchers reporting and we legitimately don’t know who’s going to make up the 25-man roster. It’s a complete mess. Perhaps Derek Jeter and the new ownership get the final laugh in five (or 10) years, but this organization is in complete disarray. The first player to go was Dee Gordon. He...
Feb 8, 2018
2018 NL East preview: Phillies trying to claw out of basement as rebuild continues

2018 NL East preview: Phillies trying to claw out of basement as rebuild continues

Phillies look to take step forward in rebuild. Would you believe me if I told you the Phillies had the worst record in baseball over the last five years? It’s true. With a mark of 346-464, no one has been worse. And similar to the Braves, the Phillies appear to be nearing the end of their rebuild. Atlanta’s and Philly’s rosters aren’t too far off at this point. Most projections have the clubs winning 75 games or so. Both should have pretty decent lineups — I’d actually give Philly the advantage until Ronald Acuna debuts — although the Braves’ pitching staff is better as a...
Feb 7, 2018
2018 NL East preview: Mets look to bounce back from disastrous year

2018 NL East preview: Mets look to bounce back from disastrous year

Can the Mets stay healthy long enough to contend? The Mets might’ve been 2017’s biggest disappointment. They were expected to compete with Washington for the NL East crown after making the playoffs the year before, but that was not the case as they were decimated by injuries and stumbled to 70-92. Terry Collins resigned after the season and was replaced by Mickey Callaway. Callaway served as Cleveland’s pitching coach since 2013 and did wonders with the Indians pitching staff. The hire makes sense given the Mets’ need to get Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zach...
Feb 6, 2018
2018 NL East preview: Nationals are loaded, should cruise to third-straight title

2018 NL East preview: Nationals are loaded, should cruise to third-straight title

The Washington Nationals have won the NL East rather easily the last two years. They’ve sat atop the division in four of the last six seasons. And barring something crazy happening, they should have the division title wrapped up by mid-September this time around. The window may be closing for Washington, though. Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy are free agents after this year. Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton are signed for two more years. Max Scherzer and Gio Gonzalez are entering their mid-30s. They’ve depleted a good chunk of their farm system over the last few years and might be willing...
Feb 5, 2018
Braves lose potential 3B option as Todd Frazier signs with Mets

Braves lose potential 3B option as Todd Frazier signs with Mets

The Braves are running out of options at third. Todd Frazier made sense for the Braves, but on Monday night he reportedly inked a two-year deal with the New York Mets worth $17 million. That’s a bargain for the Mets, and it sounds like playing close to his home in New Jersey was a big factor in negotiations. As we know, the Braves are currently set to go into the season with some sort of a platoon featuring Johan Camargo and Rio Ruiz. Frazier made sense for Atlanta since most figured he’d get a two-year deal at a reasonable price (he did) while not blocking Austin Riley long-term. Mike...

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