USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Atlanta Braves are adding Adam Fisher and Perry Minasian to the team’s front office. Fisher comes from the Mets and will become Atlanta’s assistant GM. Minasian arrives from the Blue Jays and will be installed as Director of Player Personnel. The club has not yet confirmed any of the moves.
The Atlanta Journal-Contitution’s David O’Brien reports that the Braves are close to signing 18-year old Korean shortstop Jihwan Bae.
Mark Bowman has a loaded mailbag this week including notes about Ronald Acuna and R.A. Dickey’s option for next season. Perhaps most interesting is his thoughts on the front office and the potential return of Brian Snitker as manager. The Braves have yet to exercise Snitker’s option for next season and describes the decision as “far from a certainty.” An interesting tidbit in this situation is the status of John Hart who’s current contract expires this summer. Bowman mentions some speculation that current Royals GM Dayton Moore could return to the Braves in some capacity. He goes on to mention that given Hart’s involvement in decision making this season that he seems likely to return.
MLB.com’s David Kramer takes a closer look at Freddie Freeman’s batting practice approach which is something that he honed since his childhood.
It has been quite a ride for Lane Adams who began the season without a spring training invite. He worked his way to the majors and is taking advantage of his opportunity in a bench role.
Tigers starter Michael Fulmer will undergo ulnar transposition surgery on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. He is expected to be out three to four months but should be ready for opening day in 2018.
The Indians look like they may never lose again improving their winning streak to 19 straight with an 11-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland is one win shy of tying Oakland for the longest winning streak in the expansion era.