I hate the fact that managers can challenge plays in the MLB. It’s such a pain in the ass when a play is challenged and the umpires take fifteen minutes to review a play that could be decided upon in ten seconds. The game is already slow moving as it is and replay has just made it even slower. This new rule would make it so that managers would only have thirty seconds to decide if they want to challenge a play. This seems like a solid compromise for those of us who hate replay. Yes, we will still have to wait while it is being reviewed, but it eases the pain of the dreaded challenge.
Braves acquired 2B Brandon Phillips and cash from the Reds in exchange for LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo.
At first glance this trade seems like it doesn’t make much sense for the Reds. They are receiving two low end players who most likely won’t contribute to their season and giving up their starting second baseman. But it looks like the move was made to make room for the speedy Jose Peraza who looked impressive in his limited time in the majors last year. The Reds moving on from Phillips makes Peraza an intriguing sleeper pick for those looking for steals late in their drafts. Peraza’s stats remind me of Dee Gordon, who is currently being drafted in the eighth round of standard ten team leagues. If Peraza is able to produce like he did last year he could be an absolute steal in drafts this spring.
This brings me to the Braves side of the trade. I don’t think this has any effect on Phillips and how he produces this season. He will slide in as the Braves starting second baseman and likely hit in the bottom half of the lineup which limits his upside. He may still be able to produce stats that resemble his 2015-2016 seasons, but those are not worth paying up for in any draft. Phillips looks bench player who can be taken towards the end of drafts.