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The Daily Chop: much Aren-ado about nothing

The Braves continue to have a quiet holiday period, with just one non-story story relevant

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It’s been 24 days since the Braves last made a meaningful move, as they signed Cole Hamels back on December 4. It’s been 15 days since the Braves last made a minor move, in this case re-signing Charlie Culberson, who was non-tendered earlier in the offseason, to a minor league deal. Most of the hot stove news in Braves-dom for the past fortnight has been erstwhile Bravos finding new homes, including Julio Teheran in Anaheim, Dallas Keuchel on Chicago’s South Side, and most recently, Francisco Cervelli in Miami.

That relative dearth of Braves-specific action has caused some media types to fill the nature-abhorred vacuum with various bits of fluff. One particular dust bunny has been Jon Morosi reporting this non-morsel:

This is about the sleepiest late December tidbit possible — the Braves “inquired” at some unspecified time, though nothing has been active “recently,” another unspecified time that presumably comes after the date of inquiry. So, nothing doing on the Braves front, but at least you may have seen that the Big Air event taking place at SunTrust Park damaged the field. Oops. I’m sure it’ll be fine in time for Opening Day, though.

MLB News

The Phillies are signing former Brave Christian Bethancourt to a minor league deal. Good luck with that, Phillies! Bethancourt is a fairly intriguing novelty of a player as a catching prospect who’s played all over the diamond and even pitched some, but he actually hasn’t been any good in the majors (-2.1 fWAR in around 400 PAs and 5 13 innings pitched) and has struggled to hit basically everywhere, including Korea last year.

Since it’s been a pretty quiet baseball day, check out this random assortment of fun stats some folks at have compiled. I learned from this link that Jacob deGrom’s average slider velocity was just half of an mph off of the average fastball velocity across the majors.

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