Cole To Braves Still Fantasy; Team Bets On Youth Upside

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Cole To Braves Still Fantasy; Team Bets On Youth Upside
Cole To Braves Still Fantasy; Team Bets On Youth Upside

The suggestion the Braves chase free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole was fantasy a month ago and fantasy now as the winter meetings commenced in Arizona. If the Braves cannot even summon the money for local product Zack Wheeler, another high dollar free agent pitcher, they are not going to even sniff a deal with Cole, 29, who will be hunting for six years at $30 million, at least. General Manager Alex Anthopoulos abhors long-term deals for older free agents and he has said it over and over. The Braves are going to ride in the middle lane with conservative moves, say, two years at $25 million to retain free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson. The idea the Braves were somehow going to compete with big

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