Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas already has been linked to the Braves. But the team is unlikely to dive into what’s expected to be a steep bidding war for the two-time All-Star. The Braves need help at third base and in the power department. Moustakas provides that, but at a potentially prohibitive cost; both financially and to the Braves’ rebuild. Vegas odds makers think the Braves will at least be in the mix for the free agent’s services, giving the Braves the third-best odds at adding the 2015 world champion. Sports Betting Dime gives the Braves 6-1 odds at landing Moustakas, behind the Angels (2-1) and Mets (4-1). The Royals sit behind the Braves at 10-1. MLB Trade Rumors predicted Moustakas will land with the Braves on a five-year, $85 million deal. That would be the largest contract in team history, topping the disastrous five-year, $75.25 million given to B.J. Upton in 2012. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has previously reported the Braves won’t enter upper-tier bidding wars, which is where Moustakas will qualify. As far as Vegas is concerned, the possibility of Royals GM Dayton Moore joining the team’s front office may have played a role in the Braves’ favorable odds.
Braves unlikely to pursue free-agent Mike Moustakas
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Nov 9