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Yesterday, Alex Anthopolous optioned a whole lot of Braves to the MILB camp. Here’s the list:


There are a few semi-surprising names here that likely deserved shots at the Opening Day Roster: Jordan Luplow, Eli White, Nick Anderson. These 3 are cusp players that have options and AA likes his depth, but…(I’ll answer this but later)…

Then there are 2 that have blown up every single Braves social media outlet that exists. The Braves, in an apparent scheme to “keep depth”, decided to option both Vaughm Grissom and Braden Shewmake to AAA after already saying 1 would start at SS in the majors and the other would start at SS in AAA because it was important for both to get reps. Oh…and the proverbial cherry on top is that the Braves are going to start Orlando Arcia at SS and the “depth” they were referring to keeping, Ehire Adrianza, will be Arcia’s backup.

No. Alex. I don’t believe you. There’s simply no way that you can convince me, a 44 year old human that has watched the Braves since birth, that you’re sending Grissom and Shewmake to AAA because you want to keep Ehire Adrianza for depth. This is the same human that was acquired on August 1st of last year and got a grand total of 16 plate appearances in more than 2 months of baseball games. This is the same guy that carried a .470 OPS in 2022. This is the same guy that could not find a MLB deal and had to settle for a MiLB deal with a ST invite. Seriously? Come on, man. If you have to lie because you got some things in the works, at least make up a better lie than that because everyone knows that you’ve already got depth at AAA in the form of Adeiny Hechavarria.

And let’s get back to Orlando Arcia. From the 2020 through the 2022 season, Orlando Arcia has collected 496.1 innings at SS and 439 of that was in 2020. And while I won’t deny that he likely has the ability to play the position at an average level, I cannot for the life of me believe that he’s going to be the Opening Day roster.

Look…we get it. You’re secretive and truly, I think you’re one of, if not the best, GMs in baseball, but I wouldn’t say the same about your lying skills. They kinda suck.

So…Alex? Who are you trying to acquire? Blink once for Amed Rosario. Blink twice for Jorge Mateo. Blink 3 times for Santiago Espinal.