Moving into a brand new ballpark, the Atlanta Braves’ sole interest is buzz.
What will bring fans to the stadium? That is their chief concern heading into the offseason. With Nick Markakis in right and Matt Kemp — who was acquired mid-season in 2016 — capable of fortifying left field on a daily basis, Ellsbury can slide perfectly into center, creating an outfield worthy of attention.
The Yankees and Braves have already been rumored as potential partners in a Brian McCann swap, which would also require New York picking up much of the remaining salary on his five-year deal. This would be no different.
With that said, if the Yanks were able to get Ellsbury to pack his bags, reeling in mid-tier value at the very least, they would be ecstatic. If Brian Cashman and John Coppolella began to talk, and the idea was planted, the deal would not seem so far-fetched.