Atlanta Braves News
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman takes a closer look at the Braves’ bullpen and how it stands currently with the addition of Darren O’Day who came over as part of the Kevin Gausman trade last season but didn’t pitch due to injury. Atlanta is hoping O’Day can provide a lift to a bullpen that has a lot of options.
The Athletic’s David O’Brien on the acquisition of Josh Donaldson and what that means long term for third base prospect Austin Riley.
Beyond the Box Score weighs in on the Nick Markakis signing and writes that while the deal may be a value signing, it was a missed opportunity for an upgrade at a position of need for Atlanta.
The AP reports that Major League Baseball is proposing going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the minimum time optioned players spend in the minor leagues for the upcoming season. The disabled list time was reduced to 10-days for the 2018 season and saw a spike in the amount of times it was used as teams utilized it to get extra days of rest for their rotations. The goal for the MLB would be reducing pitching options in hope of spiking offense around the league.
Free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock finally has a new team agreeing to what will be seen as a five-year, $60 million deal for luxury tax purposes with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pollock’s deal contains a possible opt out after Year 3 if he reaches a certain number of plate appearances and contains a $10 million player option with a $5 million buy out on the fifth year.
Former Braves reliever Brad Brach has a greed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs for a reported $4.35 million. The deal also reportedly contains a dual option for the 2020 season which could make the contract worth $9.5 million over the two seasons.
Right-hander Hunter Strickland agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. Strickland was non-tendered by the Giants earlier this offseason.
The Detroit Tigers haven’t been pleased with trade offers for right fielder Nicholas Castellanos up to this point in the offseason. Castellanos’ agent recently told MLB.com that his client would prefer a trade before the start of spring training if the foregone conclusion is that he will be moved at some point this season. However, Detroit GM Alex Avila has stated that the team isn’t really involved in any trade discussions in regards to Castellanos at the moment.