Braves' bullpen coach Eddie Perez had a busy offseason as he coached his way to a Venezuelan Winter League title and then advanced to the championship game of the Caribbean Series. That success and his leadership ability could make him an intriguing manager candidate in the near future. Braves great Chipper Jones recently talked about Perez's managerial qualities with David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I’m not surprised at all of Eddie’s success as a manager," said Chipper Jones, former teammate and legendary Braves third baseman. "It is just a matter of time before he is experiencing success as a big league manager. He’s learned a ton, as have many coaches, from the great Bobby Cox. Some of the same traits that made him an all-time favorite teammate for countless players, are also what makes him a great manager now, and in the future."
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Spring training figures to provide a healthy competition for the Braves' starting rotation. There will be several veteran options to choose from, but as Mark Bowman writes, the presence of several top prospects is what will make the battle worth watching.
Still, it could also be argued that the rotation will also be the most intriguing element to evaluate, as the Braves progress through the second season of their rebuilding process. At some point this season, the Braves could introduce three of their top five pitching prospects -- Sean Newcomb, Aaron Blair and Tyrell Jenkins -- to life in a Major League rotation.
Newcomb, Blair and Jenkins will all likely get some additional Minor League seasoning at the start of this season. But when the Braves welcome pitchers and catchers to camp on Friday and hold their first workouts on Saturday, all three will be present and aiming to prove they'll be ready when called upon to Atlanta's rotation.
It is no secret that the Atlanta Braves are planning to be one of the more aggressive teams on the market this summer when the signing period for international free agents begins in July. Braves President John Hart talked about that subject recently on MLB Network Radio with hosts Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden.
On this week's Talking Chop Podcast, Carlos Collazo and Brad Rowland are joined by Ivan the Great to talk prospects, sabermetrics and everything Braves heading into pitchers and catchers reporting later this week.
Our own Scott Coleman tries to project what the Braves everyday lineup might look like once the regular season begins. As you can see from this exercise, there are still several questions that will need to be answered during spring training.
Free agent first baseman Ike Davis has a new home after he agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. Davis hit 32 home runs for the Mets back in 2012 but struggled last year with injuries while playing in Oakland.
Henry Druschel of Beyond the Box Score writes about how teams are becoming more willing to accept new strategies after decades of stubbornness.