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Upgrading the starting rotation remains a priority for the Atlanta Braves this offseason.

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Braves News

Atlanta Braves Arizona Fall League Recap

Travis Demeritte and Dylan Moore are a couple of Braves minor leaguers who are off to good starts in the Arizona Fall League.

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 36: Coaching Staff, 2017 Lineup and more

Brad flies solo (from an airport) and topics include Brian Snitker, Ron Washington, pitching trades, 2017 lineup and much, much more.

Braves offseason questions: Who joins Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz in the rotation?

Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz appear to be locks for Atlanta’s rotation next season but it remains to be seen who will round out the staff. The Braves are said to be in the market for at least two starting pitcher options and have several internal candidates that could also compete for a job.

The fifth spot will likely go to someone already with the organization. The line of candidates spans around the corner and down the block. Matt Wisler, Aaron Blair, Josh Collmenter,Tyrell Jenkins, Rob Whalen, John Gant and Williams Perez are just some of the candidates. Guys like Sean Newcomb and Lucas Sims could be knocking on the door with strong springs. Here's hoping someone -- preferably Wisler or Blair -- are able to turn it around under new pitching coach Chuck Hernandez.

MLB pushing to implement an international draft

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Major League Baseball is focused on adding an international draft to the next CBA.

MLB News

Tigers facing decision with Maybin

Former Braves outfielder Cameron Maybin turned in a good season for the Tigers but could soon be on the move again.

"I had a blast, probably the most fun I've had in years. I thought last year was fun playing in Atlanta, but this year definitely tops that. I've enjoyed being back in a Tiger uniform, the team that drafted me. Again, I can't control that, but I truly enjoyed the way the fans embraced me and the way the guys embraced me in here. So I had a true pleasure being in Detroit. I would love to be a Tiger again, but it's really out of my control. I've been part of the business end of this for a while, so I'll see what happens."

McCann’s future uncertain with the Yankees

Brian McCann still has two years remaining on a five-year deal that he signed with the New York Yankees. But with Gary Sanchez in place as the team’s catcher of the future, McCann could see his role reduced or could be on the move if the team can find a suitable trade partner. Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn’t ruled anything out.

"I think we're lucky to still have Mac on the roster," Cashman said. "Whether that remains to be seen, first and foremost, depends on how the trade discussions potentially develop, and then Mac will have the final say as he earned in his contract."