9:00 am ET: The Winter Meetings are winding down on Wednesday, which began with the managers' breakfast gala. We sat down with Brian Snitker to share some stories and enjoy a meal. All 30 managers were present to host their local along with the national media.
Of course, the Braves were busy on Tuesday night as they moved starter Marco Gonzales -- just acquired from the Mariners -- to the Pirates in a trade for a player to be named and cash considerations.
For Atlanta to immediately deal away Gonzales, it is likely Pittsburgh was willing to assume a favorable chunk of the lefty's $12.25 million salary for 2024. Moving Gonzales also served to confirm the Braves will continue their search for help in the starting rotation over the final two months of the winter as Alex Anthopoulos indicated on Tuesday.
I joined The Morning Shift on 92-9 The Game on Wednesday to discuss all the goings on from Nashville, including the Kelenic deal, trading away Gonzales, other starting pitcher the Braves could pursue, and the rampant speculation about where Shohei Ohtani could eventually sign and why Atlanta was always an unlikely landing spot.
I also chatted with Dukes & Bell on 92-9 The Game on Tuesday afternoon to cover some of the topics du jour, which included a quick reminder that the next superstar player the Braves should sign to a long-term, mega-deal is actually reigning National League MVP Ronald Acuña Jr.