The Braves made official the long rumored changes to its coaching staff on Friday. Former Braves shortstop and Rockies manager Walt Weiss takes over as bench coach replacing Terry Pendleton. Eric Young Sr. is the team’s new first base coach replacing Eddie Perez. Atlanta is also bringing in Sal Fasano as a catching coach. Both Pendleton and Perez have been offered jobs within the organization but it isn’t known if they plan to accept.
Johan Camargo was easily the biggest surprise of the 2017 season. The question remains whether he can duplicate that success at the plate and whether or not his future is as an everyday player or more of a utility role.
Austin Riley had two hits including his sixth home run of the Arizona Fall League giving him the league lead and breaking a three-way tie with teammates Ronald Acuna and Alex Jackson. Peoria will be part of the AFL Military Appreciation Game which will be broadcast on the MLB Network Saturday night. The game will also be streamed via MLB.com with coverage getting underway at 8 p.m. ET.
MLB Awards Season
The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards were handed out Friday night. Minnesota’s Byron Buxton took home the Defensive Player of the Year honor and the Los Angeles Dodgers were named Defensive Team of the year.
Hot Stove News
In perhaps the biggest storyline of the offseason, the Nippon Ham Fighters has an agreement in place with Major League Baseball to be grandfathered under the old posting system meaning that they will receive $20 million in posting fees for Ohtani. Once posted, Ohtani will be free to negotiate with any team in the league. One caveat, he will be subject to international signing rules.
Miami has reportedly had preliminary trade discussions with the Red Sox, Cardinals, Giants and Phillies in regards to outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Talks are expected to intensify at next week’s GM meetings.