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The deadline to issue qualifying offers if 5 p.m. on Friday.

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Atlanta Braves News

Braves have little incentive to make qualifying offer to Nick Markakis

The AJC’s Gabriel Burns discusses Nick Markakis’ free agency and why the Braves don’t have any incentive to issue him a qualifying offer before Friday’s deadline.

Atlanta Braves Free Agency Preview

Some rosterbation ideas for the Atlanta Braves with free agency right around the corner.

Cristian Pache among players with best tools at Arizona Fall League

MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis takes a look at Saturday’s Fall Stars game rosters and lists the players with the best tools. Cristian Pache makes the list twice as the fastest runner and the best defender.

The best outfield defender in the Minors, Pache seemingly can chase down any ball from gap to gap thanks to his quickness and exceptional instincts. He also has a stronger arm than most center fielders and is tied for the league high with two outfield assists after topping the Class A South Atlantic League with 17 in 2017.

Braves’ 2019 Chop Fest date at SunTrust Park set

The Braves will host their second-annual fan festival at SunTrust Park and the Battery on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature question and answer sessions with players and front office executives as well as photo opportunities with players.

2018 Atlanta Braves Player Reviews

Our player-by-player review of the 2018 season is winding down. On Thursday we took a look at shortstop Dansby Swanson, reliever Jesse Biddle, and pitcher Kyle Wright.

Job Posting: Braves Minor League Video and Information Intern

Ever dreamed of getting your foot in the door of a major league front office? The Braves are looking for a Minor League Video and Information intern for next season. FanGraphs has the details.

MLB News

5 players who might jump at a qualifying offer

The deadline for teams to issue qualifying offers to impending free agents is 5 p.m. on Friday. This year’s qualifying offer is set at $17.9 million. Last year no player took the qualifying offer but’s Richard Justice lists five free agents who might consider it this offseason.

Why Realmuto is even more valuable than you think’s Mike Petriello takes a closer look at Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and examines why he is more valuable than most people think.

Dodgers expected to retain Dave Roberts as manager

Despite losing a second straight World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to bring back manager Dave Roberts and his entire coaching staff according to Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi.

Jason Heyward, Mark Melancon let opt-out deadline pass

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward let the deadline pass for exercising the opt-out provision in his contract. Heyward is owed $106 million over the next five seasons.

White Sox Acquire Manny Banuelos

Chicago White Sox acquired lefty Manny Banuelos from the Dodgers on Thursday in exchange for infielder Justin Yurchak. Banuelos spent the 2018 season at Triple-A for the Dodgers where he posted a 3.73 ERA in 108 2/3 innings.