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Asking Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos about Jacob deGrom, without saying “Jacob deGrom”

Asking Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos about Jacob deGrom, without saying “Jacob deGrom”

Jacob Degrom walks off the planted heap 10/8/22

Las Vegas – Apparently anyone who’s been within 100 miles of the Mets has heard of it Jacob Degrom Desire to play for the Atlanta Braves. DeGrom himself hasn’t said this publicly, but there are definitely people in his orbit who think it’s true.

But that’s not what we’re here today to tell you. Surely you have already heard this speculation. We are here to connect what is the General Manager of Braves Alex Antopoulos He said of his team’s willingness to add an advanced free agent pitcher.

General managers are usually strict about not naming players free agents, but Anthopoulos knew what I was asking about: the perception that bidding for a start in deGrom’s price range wasn’t the way the Braves did.

When I walked into Scrum Anthopoulos during media availability on Wednesday at GM meetings, he was in the middle of an answer about starting depth:

“We have four men with primary jobs in this rotation,” he said. Fifth place is open. whether that [Mike] SorokaAnd the Ian AndersonAnd the Kyle MullerAnd the Bryce ElderAnd the Colby Allard and so on. As we sit here today, unless we gain someone else, those will all compete for fifth place.”

October 8, 2022;  New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets starter Jacob Degrom (48) sits in the hole before Game Two of the Wild Card Series against San Diego Padres at the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citi Field.

October 8, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starter Jacob Degrom (48) sits in the hole before Game Two of the Wild Card Series against San Diego Padres at the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citi Field.

Here was an opportunity to smuggle in deGrom’s question.

“Given all the depth in your rotation, especially at the higher end, or would you rule out pursuing a high-end starting show?” I said. Or are you open minded?

“You don’t rule anything out,” said Anthopoulos. “I think it’s just you always – you don’t go out of season and say you have to deal with X, because you might not find the right deal, whether it’s a trade or a signing, so it’s just, does it make your club better?

“I’ve said this before, but the year we got Josh DonaldsonWe weren’t looking for a third baseman. We just wanted a middle-ranked bat and [Johan] Camargo It was a very good year for us. [But] This is the most logical. This was the best deal for us.

When we fell Kenley Jansen Last year we’ve been exploring free agent painkillers, but we’ve also discovered a few other things. If we had made some other deals on the high-end players, we probably wouldn’t do that one. That made more sense to us.

“We love our depth and we love the four men we have. We love the guys we have, they all have choices and we really choose at a given time. And there are a lot of them. They are a lot of guys so it’s a good position to be in.”

I said, “It’s clear what I’m about.”

“Yes, of course,” said Anthopoulos. “I can’t say the name.”

“No, I won’t say the name,” I said, before pausing to find out how to ask more questions about DeGrom without saying “deGrom.”

September 30, 2022;  Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  New York Mets starting bowler Jacob Degrom (48) walks down the hill against the Atlanta Braves in the second half at Truist Park.

September 30, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets starting bowler Jacob Degrom (48) walks down the hill against the Atlanta Braves in the second half at Truist Park.

From an outside perspective, there [a perception of]The Braves are great at making extensions with their buddies and it won’t necessarily be a privilege that will become a big deal when you start promoting your free agent. Is this a fair description in general? “

“No,” said Anthopoulos.

“Do you think this is too general?”

“I think this is very general. I’ve been here for the past five years, and entered year six. If we think something makes sense for the organization, we do it. We’ve done all kinds of things.”

“We never did a $200 million contract. We did it with Austin Riley? We never did a 10 year deal. We did it with Austin Riley. But this was not the same as having some rules. It just works that way.

“We don’t have anything really locked into it. We’re just open to everything and if we think it makes sense then it makes the club better then we’ll strive to do it.”

That was the end of the exchange.

So: I’m not going to say anymore, “The brave don’t really get ahead of the free proxy promotion.” This is what we learned today.


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