With most of the nation’s eyes on college football rivalry week, Saturday was a slow news day around Major League Baseball. Things will pick up again with the league’s non-tender deadline set for Monday. The Atlanta Braves currently have nine players who are arbitration eligible but only catcher John Ryan Murphy looks like a no-doubt non-tender candidate. Yes there has been some talk regarding Shane Greene but Alex Anthopoulos threw cold water on that thinking back when the Braves signed Will Smith saying that the team was looking to build a deep bullpen and that they saw Greene as a part of that picture.
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MLB Trade Rumors’ offseason outlook series spotlights the Braves as they enter the offseason. It is a good overall view of what holes the team is still looking to fill as well as where things stand financially.
The Philadelphia Phillies reportedly have interest in former Yankees reliever Dellin Betances and catcher Austin Romine. The team was previously linked to free agent shortstop Didi Gregorius as well. The Phillies figure to be aggressive again this offseason and they landed at the top of MLB.com’s list of five teams who are feeling urgency to make a splash.
Minor League Baseball has entered into a partnership with Octagon on a long-term media distribution strategy. They had previously been partnered with Major League Baseball on video right. The goal of the new partnership is to expand their media offerings to other streaming companies.
“The media landscape is evolving quickly. Content rules the day and serves as the hook to current and next-generation fans,” said David Wright, chief marketing and commercial officer of Minor League Baseball, in a press release. “We are committed to staying ahead of the content curve and investing in the necessary resources to best position MiLB to drive meaningful fan engagement and overall growth in a hyper-competitive space.”