The Braves made a couple of minor roster moves over the weekend, as they sent a pair of relievers down to Triple-A Gwinnett. Ian Krol has been outrighted to Gwinnett, which is a capper on what’s been a downer of a 2017 season for lefty reliever. Meanwhile, Armando Rivero spent the entire 2017 season on the disabled list, and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution basically explained why Rivero stayed on the roster.
Rivero was a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Cubs in December after piling up 105 strikeouts with 35 walks in 67 2/3 innings in Triple-A in 2016, when the Cuban had a 2.13 ERA in 43 appearances. If he’d been activated from the DL at any point, he would’ve had to go on the Braves’ 25-man major league roster for at least 90 days or be offered back to the Cubs for $50,000.
But the fact that Rivero was removed from the roster and outrighted to Triple-A means he cleared waivers, and the Cubs declined to take him back.
Just like we’re going through and reviewing the Braves’ 2017 season, other corners of the Braves’ internet are also doing the same thing. The Chopcast crew over at Fox Sports South recently did a podcast where they talked at length about the Braves and their first base situation. So if you like hearing about Freddie Freeman and Matt Adams, then this is the podcast for you.
The New York Mets have thrown the baseball world a curveball with their latest managerial hire. Instead of going with a manager with experience or one of the “hot commodities” for a managerial position, they went with the relatively unheralded Mickey Callaway as their new manager.
The expected hiring of Callaway is a surprising twist after it was rumored just days ago that the frontrunners for the job were Kevin Long and Manny Acta. It was reported earlier today that Long, Acta, and Joe McEwing, considered more of a longshot for the job, have all been told they were out of consideration. With Alex Cora rumored to be accepting the job with the Boston Red Sox, that leaves Callaway as the last man standing among those the Mets interviewed.
In Sunday’s news and links, Kris shared the news that the Red Sox had tabbed Alex Cora as their new manager. Boston made the move official on Sunday afternoon when they officially announced that Cora will be calling the shots from the dugout for the 2018 season and beyond.