The Atlanta Braves have four prospects among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list for 2015. Jose Peraza checks in at No. 38 on the list while Michael Foltynewicz (78), Christian Bethancourt (93) and Lucas Sims (94) also made the cut. The New York Mets are the only other National League team to have at least four prospects.
Speaking of prospects, ESPN.com's Keith Law released his Top 10 prospects for the Atlanta Braves. The is no surprise in the top two spots with Peraza and Foltynewicz leading the way but Law places 18-year old shortstop Ozhaino Albies third. Lefty Ricardo Sanchez checks in at No. 7 and is labeled as a "sleeper" for the Braves' system.
A large Braves contingent including manager Fredi Gonzalez and assistant general manager John Coppolella attended a private workout in the Dominican Republic for 29-year old Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera. According to Baseball America's Ben Badler, Olivera could fit at second base or third base for the Braves. The Padres and Giants are also reportedly showing interest in Olivera.
Shelby Miller talks about his excitement for the upcoming season and talked about how the development of his sinker led to a strong finish in 2014.
Wainwright had preached the need to develop a sinker, but Miller never found a comfortable grip until he was introduced to veteran pitcher Justin Masterson, who was acquired by the Cardinals on July 31.
After spending a couple of weeks toying with the two-seam grip used by Masterson, Miller routinely used it en route to a 2.08 ERA over his final seven regular-season starts, in which he limited opponents to a .190 batting average.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman wasn't happy to see Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis depart the organization this summer but he is excited for the future that those trades might bring.
"It's going to be different than what I'm used to, but it's exciting," Freeman said. "We've got a whole different team. Obviously as a person and a friend, it's tough to see your friends leave -- especially with Jason leaving. We've got Shelby [Miller] here now and we've got a lot of young talent. I think we're going to surprise a lot of people."
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that at least two teams interested in Jones who spent the last two seasons playing for Rakuten in Japan. Jones hit 26 homers during his first season in Japan and followed that up with 24 last season. He will be 38 in April but according to the report, a couple of teams are interested in him as a DH or a right handed platoon option.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke is already thinking about the possibility of opting out of his current six-year, $146 million contract. Greinke would be walking away from a guaranteed $77 million but would be a highly sought after option in free agency next season.