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26 minutes ago, oztin said:

From The Athletic 

Atlanta Braves
Trade Partner: Pittsburgh Pirates

The Atlanta Braves made a big splash last week when they signed left-handed starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel in free agency, but GM Alex Anthopoulos is not done making moves. He’s been very aggressive on the trade front, talking to several GMs on a regular basis regarding every possible reliever and closer who’s available or could become available. If the Pirates continue to fall out of the race, the Braves might be a perfect match in a trade for impact closer Felipe Vázquez. Perhaps a package of southpaws Kolby Allard and Thomas Burrows could get a deal done.

Vázquez, 27, is in his prime and controllable through 2023 with the last two years of his deal being team options. He’s under a club-friendly deal that pays him $4.5 million this year, $5.75 million in 2020 and $7.75 million in 2021 with club options at $10 million for both 2022 and 2023 and the buyouts totaling $1.5 million. Vázquez has appeared in 26 games this year with a 2.22 ERA with 15 saves and a staggering 46 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.

In return, the Pirates would need one of the Braves’ top starting pitching prospects, and although they can’t get Ian Anderson from them, they might be able to pry away 21-year-old Allard. The lefty is currently pitching at Triple-A Gwinnett in the International League and is 5-3 with a 3.88 ERA. Allard has an 89-92 mph sneaky fastball with a filthy curveball and a solid changeup and would fit nicely in the Pirates’ young rotation. Burrows, 24, was the Mariners’ fourth-round pick back in 2016 and was acquired by Atlanta, along with Luiz Gohara, for outfielder Mallex Smith and right-handed reliever Shae Simmons. Burrows has pitched at both Double A and Triple A and has struck out 28 batters in 25 1/3 innings over 21 appearances. His lack of command is the only thing standing in his way of being a productive left-handed set-up reliever in the majors.

This deal would make the Braves heavy favorites in the NL East and give them a legitimate chance of getting back to the World Series. For the Pirates, it’s business as usual, lowering payroll and building for the future.

Allard as the best prospect in a deal for Vasquez? Where do I sign?

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27 minutes ago, tl;dr said:

Allard as the best prospect in a deal for Vasquez? Where do I sign?

Allard has been getting noticed recently, hes found his velocity again. His stock is on the right path.

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36 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

Allard has been getting noticed recently, hes found his velocity again. His stock is on the right path.

That's good then. I wonder if we should flip him while he's hot though? I don't know, but I know we do need a closer. 

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12 minutes ago, tl;dr said:

That's good then. I wonder if we should flip him while he's hot though? I don't know, but I know we do need a closer. 

Do it and not think twice, if the guy built his value back up then get what you can. 

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55 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

Allard is a trade bait arm to me. Wilson, Allard, Touki are all MLB ready SPs that can be flipped

Please do it

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2 hours ago, TheTrue7 said:

Allard.. that’s fine..

Just not Anderson..

Anderson and Wright are the only two I REALLY want to keep. Would love to keep everyone, but the reality is, not everyone is going to want to be a BP arm lol

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9 minutes ago, tl;dr said:

Anderson and Wright are the only two I REALLY want to keep. Would love to keep everyone, but the reality is, not everyone is going to want to be a BP arm lol

So many good arms.. several great.. I’m okay losing a good.. good to see AA out there working.. 

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11 minutes ago, Malachore said:

Been wanting him since before the name change. Would be a dream and make us very dangerous. 

Yes, before the name change. Just think if the Astros still had him? The Astros have such a loaded team but they could be even better if they still had guys like him and J.D. Martinez. That's scary to think about.

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15 minutes ago, Falconsfan567 said:

Yes, before the name change. Just think if the Astros still had him? The Astros have such a loaded team but they could be even better if they still had guys like him and J.D. Martinez. That's scary to think about.

Who they trade him for, Melancin?

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5 minutes ago, Malachore said:

Who they trade him for, Melancin?

I was wrong. Nationals had him and traded him to the Pirates for Melancon. Rays originally had him and traded him to the Nationals for Jose Lobaton.

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1 hour ago, Unkn0wn said:

Some rumblings the Indians may make some vets available including Brad Hand. I would kill to get Hand in the Braves bullpen.

That package will be interesting.

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1 hour ago, Unkn0wn said:

Some rumblings the Indians may make some vets available including Brad Hand. I would kill to get Hand in the Braves bullpen.

Didn't they give up a Top 10 prospect for him?

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2 hours ago, Unkn0wn said:

Some rumblings the Indians may make some vets available including Brad Hand. I would kill to get Hand in the Braves bullpen.

Could see the Braves biting, especially considering they were interested in Diaz. He’s got a very reasonable remaining salary ($8m guaranteed with a $10m club option in ‘21) and is only 29. At most you get locked into the remaining portion of his ‘19 salary and another $17m on top of that. 

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I've become more optimistic about Allard, he's shown real improvement in Gwinnett both in velocity of the 4-seamer and location of all his pitches. 

 

That said, if Allard and Burrows gets Felipe Vázquez through 2023, you make that trade right ******* now and pray the Pirates don't come to their senses.

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