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Rounding up a busy Friday around the majors.

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Atlanta Braves News

Is 2019 time for Acuna to roam center?

In his weekly mailbag, Mark Bowman discusses the idea of the Braves moving Ender Inciarte this offseason and shifting Ronald Acuña Jr. to centerfield.

Austin Riley is Braves’ best power prospect

MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis lists each team’s best power prospect with Austin Riley topping the list for the Braves.

Riley’s raw power has always been a known commodity. What’s surprised some is how good he’s been at making adjustments at the plate so he can consistently tap into it. He’s hit 59 homers the past three seasons combined and despite missing time with injury, he posted a career high (for a full season) with his .522 SLG.

2018 Atlanta Braves Player Reviews

Our player review series is winding down. On Friday we took a look back at the 2018 seasons of relievers Luke Jackson and Brad Brach.

MLB News

Mauer makes retirement from baseball official

Twins catcher Joe Mauer made it official on Friday announcing his retirement after a 15-year career with Minnesota.

“After much consideration I have decided to retire from playing baseball,” he wrote in his retirement announcement. This decision did not come easily, as baseball always has been, and always will be one of my greatest passions. The last few months of this season were very emotional for me and I wanted to take time to separate some of those emotions and think with a clear frame of mind. The decision came down to my health and my family. The risk of concussion is always there, and I was reminded of that this season after missing over 30 games as a result of diving for a foul ball.”

A Corey Kluber blockbuster? These teams might be in the mix

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney breaks down what a trade for Indians ace Corey Kluber might look like and lists five teams that could be in the mix.

Cubs open to trading 3B Kris Bryant

Olney also created a stir Friday evening when he reported that the Chicago Cubs were willing to listen to trade proposals for most of their players including third baseman Kris Bryant. The Cubs have been unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal with Bryant who will enter free agency in 2021. Theo Epstein downplayed the report Friday evening saying that they were looking to add to the team, not subtract.

“I answered a general question about whether we have untouchables,” Epstein said. “Like most every organization, we will listen to anything, but that’s just an operating philosophy. We are lucky to have some impact players and we are looking to add to them, not subtract.”

MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

MLB Owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year contract extension for commissioner Rob Manfred.

J.P. Ricciardi Leaves Mets Front Office

The turnover in the Mets front office continues with the departure of special assistant J.P. Ricciardi.