Atlanta Braves News
The Atlanta Braves may or may not make a deal at next week’s Winter Meetings in Las Vegas but they have a list of areas remaining that they are hoping to shore up before the start of next season.
Atlanta signed veteran utility infielder Andres Blanco to a minor-league deal on Friday. Blanco spent last season at Triple-A with the Brewers.
The Braves are one of several teams that are headed to the Winter Meetings looking for bargains. Atlanta already made a splash with the signing of Josh Donaldson and is now looking to plug holes including one in the corner outfield.
As GM Alex Anthopoulos indicated to reporters earlier this week, the Braves don’t have a lot of money to spend under their current budget. But they figure to jump in to the outfield market once the most expensive players come off the board, such as Bryce Harper and A.J. Pollock, and they probably will take advantage of the staggering number of unsigned relievers.
It may very well be the end of an era in Washington. Nationals owner Mark Lerner did a radio interview on Friday and said that he doesn’t expect free agent outfielder Bryce Harper to re-sign.
“When we met with them and we gave them the offer, we told them, ‘This is the best we can do.’ We went right to the finish line very quickly,’ Lerner told 106.7 The Fan. “And we said, ‘If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we’ll see whether we can finish it up.’ But we just couldn’t afford to put more than that in and still be able to put a team together that had a chance to win the NL East or go farther than that.”
Tragic news out of Venezuela as Major League Baseball announced that Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo had both died in a car crash. Suspects are reportedly in custody as apparently the wreck was the part of an attempt to kidnap or rob the two players.