The Braves and Reds have conducted the first trade during the 2020 MLB season.
The 2020 MLB season will feature plenty of new rules and formats that will have fans constantly searching online for reminders of all the changes. One thing easy to forget is the fact trades will still take place in this 60-game season.
It appears the first trade of the regular season has gone down Friday between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are sending veteran outfielder Scott Schebler to the Braves and we are still waiting to hear the full details of the move. What we do know is trade season is here!
Braves and Reds kick off trade season
Schebler made his debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and spent 2016-2019 in Cincinnati. His only full season of work came in 2017 when he appeared in 141 games and posted a 1.2 WAR. But he struggled to earn playing time after that and posted an ugly -0.5 WAR in 30 games last season.
The outfielder was actually designated for assignment earlier this week and will now get another shot to prove himself with the Braves.
This is not too notable of a move, but the Braves do need outfielder depth with Nick Markakis opting out and the deal with Yasiel Puig falling through due to a positive COVID-19 test. Top prospect Cristian Pache is also dealing with an ankle sprain so Schebler provides depth for cheap.
His name may also go down as the answer to a trivia question when looking back on this wild and one-of-a-kind 2020 MLB season that is just beginning. The trade deadline is just over a month away on August 31 and it is possible we see some blockbuster moves in this rapid-fire season.