The Atlanta Braves signed veteran left-hander Cole Hamels earlier this offseason but may be forced to look at trade options if they want to further bolster their starting rotation for next season. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand put together a list of intriguing pitchers that could be available including Diamondbacks’ lefty Robbie Ray, Detroit’s Matthew Boyd and a buy low candidate in Pittsburgh’s Chris Archer.
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ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle has a “way too early” list of where each team’s starting rotation ranks at this point in the offseason. The Braves slot in at No. 14 which trails the Phillies (12), Mets (3) and Nationals (1).
Veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli is headed to Miami on a one-year, $2 million deal according to a report by MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Cervelli split 2019 between Pittsburgh and Atlanta slashing .213/.302/.348 in 48 games.
Reliever Pierce Johnson has agreed to a two-year deal with the San Diego Padres according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Johnson’s deal will pay him a guaranteed $5 million and contains a team option for a third season.