ESPN.com The Atlanta Braves are still involved in talks for Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray, a source told MLB Network's Jon Morosi, confirming a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post.Gray, 27, is regarded as one of the best pitchers available at the trade deadline. The A's ace is 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 16 starts this season after struggling with injuries and posting career-highs in losses and ERA in 2016. Morosi notes that the Braves are looking for long-term assets and Gray would fit that mold: he's under club control until 2020. Sherman echoes this sentiment, tweeting that Gray is under control during the period when Atlanta truly wants to contend. According
Words are strange. Case in point: “remarkable.” Just looking at the word in and of itself, you get, “can be remarked upon.” But, if you go to a dictionary definition, you get something somewhat different: 1. notably or conspicuously unusual, extraordinary; 2. worthy of notice or attention. Beyond that, its synonyms are rife with value judgments: notable, noteworthy, striking, extraordinary, wonderful, unusual, singular, uncommon. But, I still come back to the word itself — “can be remarked upon.” As July 2017 winds to a close, Kurt Suzuki, 33 years old, has appeared in 46 games and has garnered 167 PAs for the Atlanta Braves. His season has not been remarkable, in the conventional sense. It has
Keith Law ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior baseball analyst for Insider Was special asst. to Blue Jays GM Wrote for Baseball Prospectus Follow on Twitter The signing deadline for this year's drafted players has passed, with few surprises. Only one player (Tampa Bay Rays pick Drew Rasmussen of Oregon State) drafted on Day 1 failed to sign, and I've already reordered the top 50 prospects in the minors earlier in the month. We've also seen a few major trades involving top prospects as the White Sox and A's continue their rebuilding efforts. Here now is a very temporary ranking of the five strongest farm systems in baseball, subject to change even in the next week as we approach the trade deadline.