The AJC's David O'Brien sat down with Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez and discussed a variety of topics. Among them was Atlanta's current situation in the outfield and at catcher where Gonzalez indicated that as of today Gattis would still be the starter. Of course a trade of Justin Upton would likely change that scenario.
O'Brien also asked about prospect Jose Peraza and what chance he had at making the jump to the Major League club out of spring training.
"I think it would be a long shot (for opening day), to tell you the truth, but I am going to give him an opportunity. I think coming into spring training I'm going to sit him down and say, you're going to be ready to go on every road trip. You have to be ready to play every chance you get, and we have to give him an opportunity. I want to see him play. I saw him play for four or five days a couple of instruction leagues ago, and he was really impressive.
As the Winter Meetings opened word came that some MLB Executives were "reluctant" to give up a big haul in exchange for Braves outfielder Justin Upton. There is always a level of posturing that goes on in the media and Atlanta's retort seems have dropped on Tuesday as Braves President John Hart told the media that Atlanta wouldn't simply give away players like Upton and Gattis without getting back a great return.
"We want to make this a palatable ballclub for 2015," Hart said. "We don't want to just give it up. We're playing hardcore on all of the things we're doing on all of the deals with bigger players. We're very content to keep them. But we're carrying some financial restrictions here because of bad contracts."
Fake Teams is conducting their annual look at the top prospects for each Major League team from a Fantasy Baseball perspective. For the Braves, pitcher Lucas Sims tops the list and is followed by Jose Peraza, Braxton Davidson and Christian Bethancourt
It appears that the Jon Lester sweepstakes is over and the Chicago Cubs are the big winners thanks to a six-year, $155 million contract.
With Lester now off the market, Detroit's Max Scherzer is the biggest pitching name left on the market. The asking price is going to be very high as Schrerzer reportedly wants a contract worth in excess of $200 million.