Atlanta Braves News
The Atlanta Braves finally found their outfielder. The team agreed to a one-year deal with Nick Markakis that also contains a club option for the 2020 season. Markakis will make $4 million this season. The 2020 option is worth $6 million and contains a $2 million buyout.
Alex Anthopoulos spoke with reporters shortly after the deal with Markakis was announced. He discussed the reasoning for bringing back Markakis along with his role for 2019. Anthopoulos added that signing Markakis at a reasonable price will allow the team to seek other upgrades.
Many thought the Braves would make a move soon but bringing back Markakis wasn’t what they were expecting.
FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan examines Atlanta’s reunion with Markakis and writes that the Braves took the safe way out.
Coming off of a Rookie of the Year season, Ronald Acuna Jr is ready for Year 2.
MLB Pipeline released its list of the 10 best third base prospects for 2019 on Tuesday. Atlanta’s Austin Riley came in third on the list behind Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Cincinnati’s Nick Senzel.
Hall of Fame
The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its voting results for the 2019 class on Tuesday. Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina will join Lee Smith and Harold Baines as members of the 2019 class. Fred McGriff received just over 39 percent of the vote failing to gain induction in his 10th and final year on the ballot. Andruw Jones again saw limited support receiving 7.5 percent of the vote and will remain on the ballot for next season.
Derek Jeter will headline the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot.
The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year deal with veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. The deal is worth a reported $3.5 million. The plan is for Cabrera to play third base.
The Detroit Tigers have signed infielder Gordon Beckham to a minor league deal that contains an invite to spring training.