One of the best sights of the offseason occurred on Monday when Mike Soroka posted a video of him throwing to his Instagram page. Soroka suffered a torn Achilles on August 3 in a game against the Mets while coming off the mound on a ground ball by J.D. Davis. Soroka underwent surgery several days later and began his long road back. The Braves have not set any timetable for Soroka’s return but it usually is a five to six month process. The fact that he has resumed throwing already is a great sign.
The Braves made an early splash on the free agent market with the addition of Drew Smyly on a one-year deal. They may not be finished looking for rotation upgrades as MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Atlanta has been aggressively pursuing free agent right-hander Charlie Morton.
More Braves News
DeMarlo Hale is leaving the Braves organization to become Terry Francona’s bench coach for the Indians. Hale served as first base coach for the Braves in 2020 stepping in for Eric Young Sr. who opted out of the 2020 season.
Braves prospect guru David Lee is releasing updated scouting reports for the Atlanta Braves system over at BravesProspects.com. If you have not signed up for his newsletter, now is a great time to do so.
Ken Rosenthal has notes on Marcell Ozuna’s agent change and the market for Drew Smyly in his latest column for The Athletic. Per Rosenthal, Ozuna’s agency change came as a result of his frustration from the lack of early offers this offseason.
2020 Season in Review
The Chicago Cubs announced Monday that new President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer had agreed to a five-year contract. Hoyer was announced as the team’s new president last week replacing Theo Epstein.
Team president Sandy Alderson announced Monday that Luis Rojas will return as Mets manager for the 2021 season.
Here is a great interview with reliever Adam Ottavino who goes behind the scenes on playing during the pandemic.
Michael Wacha struggled in 2020 but that has not prevented him from garnering a lot of early interest on the free agent market.
Speaking of free agent pitchers, Eno Sarris breaks down four free agent pitchers who could be intriguing targets on one-year, make good deals.