The Braves have already added veterans R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to the starting rotation this offseason and as Craig pointed out earlier, they’re also interested in White Sox ace Chris Sale. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman adds that they’re also interested in Sonny Gray of the Athletics and Chris Archer of the Rays.
So, the Braves are apparently pretty serious about bolstering the rotation even further. As presently constructed, the rotation would include Julio Teheran, Dickey, Colon, and Mike Foltynewicz. Aaron Blair and Matt Wisler appear to be on the outside looking in, so either or both could be packaged in a deal to bring Sale, Gray, or Archer into the fold. The Braves also have one of the best minor league systems in baseball so it isn’t a matter of being able to pay the price, it’s a matter of willingness to do so.
Sale has one guaranteed year for 2017 at $12 million and two club options at $12.5 million and $13.5 million for the 2018-19 seasons which will almost certainly be picked up. If the lefty were to hit free agency today, he would undoubtedly command much more money, so the remaining contract is attractive for inquiring teams but also drives up his cost in terms of prospects.
Gray will go through the arbitration process over each of the next three seasons but a contract extension is likely to be discussed at some point, assuming he’s eventually traded.
Archer, like Sale, has a very attractive contract as he’s signed through at least the next three seasons at a total of $18.5 million. He has club options for the next two seasons (2020-21) at $9 million and $11 million each, respectively.