Killer Mike and El-P, better known as Run the Jewels, digitally released their third self-titled album on Christmas. It was a few weeks ahead of their scheduled release date and they made it available for free.
The sixth track on Run the Jewels 3, titled “Stay Gold,” made a reference to John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux, the three mainstays in the Braves’ super-rotation from the 1990’s. The trio was crucial to the Braves winning the World Series in 1995. All three have since been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Towards the end of the fourth verse of the song, Killer Mike raps, “You should know we pitch these rhymes / Like Smoltz, like Glavine, like Maddux in ninety-five.”
Killer Mike is from Atlanta and grew up a Braves fan. He has in the past commented about the Braves’ decision to move to Cobb County.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.