If you have been keeping tabs on the site over the last couple of days, you have seen that we are deep into 2021 season preview mode. That will continue through the next week and a half for sure with the usual nuggets and observations from Spring Training as well. Make sure you keep tabs on that content as we get into the spring training grind.
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February was a pretty busy month on the transaction front highlighted by the Braves bringing back Marcell Ozuna. Give this breakdown of all of the Braves’ moves in February here a read.
With the rotation in need of a bit of an overhaul after the 2020 season, the Braves made it a focus this past offseason. Now, the Braves are hoping that the additions of Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly as well as the return of Mike Soroka will make the rotation a source of strength for the 2021 season.
Some of the younger Braves fans out there may not be aware that Charlie Morton started his career with the Braves. Now, he has returned and the Braves are hoping that he returns to the form he had in Houston and/or his first year with the Rays.
Friend of the site and digital dandy Dan Szymborski has been putting out one of the better and more interesting projections out there for some time now in his ZiPS projections. In addition to making teams’ fans #madonline with ZiPS projected standings, he also released ZiPS’ version of a top 100 prospect rankings. The Braves had five prospects make the list which is good news.
As a general rule, if Ivan writes an article, especially one with a good bit of data analysis in it...everyone should read it and this was no exception. The Braves seem to be banking on Smyly looking an awful lot like the 2020 version and being able to stay on the field. His history on both fronts is sketchy at best, but maybe its not such a terrible bet after all....assuming he can stay healthy.
You will not find another human being that loves the MLB Draft as much at Matt Powers. Case in point...with spring training getting started, he was compelled to write many hundreds of words previewing some of the top draft prospects in the college ranks.
While the Mets appear to be up and coming and very real contenders in the National League East, they still don’t seem to be content as they signed Taijuan Walker to a two year deal with a player option for a third year. He has a bit of an injury history and the track record is spotty, but he has oodles of talent and upside and, well, the Mets can afford to take on a gamble or two.