The Atlanta Braves have Adam Duvall on the roster to roam their outfield, and even had plans on having Yasiel Puig out there, too, before the coronavirus disrupted that deal. Apparently, those two aren’t the only former Cincinnati Reds outfielders on whom Atlanta has eyes, as reports suggest the two clubs have come to an agreement on a swap that will send Scott Schebler to Atlanta, too.
MLB Trade Rumors’ own Tim Dierkes broke the news on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Braves have traded for Scott Schebler, who was recently designated for assignment by the Reds.— timdierkes (@timdierkes) July 24, 2020
Schebler, of course, was out of options heading into this year, and was Designated For Assignment by the Reds as they set their roster over the last week. Between the shoulder issues that have dogged him repeatedly and the glut of OFs on the Reds roster, he simply got squeezed, and it would appear Atlanta is willing to take a chance on him at this juncture.
Of course, that’s because they missed out on Puig, in whom they had interest because Nick Markakis opted out of playing this year. They’ve obviously still got great OF depth with the likes of Ronald Acuna and Marcell Ozuna on board and top prospects Cristian Pache and Drew Waters around, but a healthy Schebler would add depth - not to mention they’ve got a DH in the lineup everyday now, too.
As the Reds revealed shortly after the initial news broke, they received some cold, hard cash from Atlanta in the deal.