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Alex Anthopoulos is happy with the Braves infield and more chatter from the GM meetings.

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Atlanta Braves News

Anthopoulos talks Braves offseason at GM Meetings

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos spoke with reporters in San Diego on Tuesday about a variety of topics including the health of pitching prospects Luiz Gohara and Mike Soroka. On Gohara, Anthopoulos indicated that he was working out at the Braves minor league complex in Orlando and had already lost a significant amount of weight. Anthopoulos also told reporters that Soroka, who missed the second half of the season with shoulder issues, would be ready for the start of spring training.

Braves GM: We’re set in the infield

Alex Anthopoulos told a group of reporters at the general manager meetings on Tuesday that he is happy with the team’s current and expects to return the same group in 2019.

“The one thing I can say is, I feel like we’re set in the infield,” he said. “Camargo had an amazing year for us. Switch-hitter, plus defense, good bat. Second half he really emerged. A lot of our hitters didn’t hit well in the playoffs.”

That would rule out the rumored addition of a player like Josh Donaldson in free agency.

What to know about Braves’ rotation upgrade’s Mark Bowman dives in on why he thinks Atlanta should pursue rotation upgrades this offseason even with a plethora of pitching prospects on the cusp of reaching the majors.

Why Braves should acquire Corey Kluber

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gabriel Burns writes that the Braves should trade for Indians starter Corey Kluber if he is truly available.

Dale Murphy: An advice column for GMs heading into the offseason

When Dale Murphy speaks, you should listen.

Atlanta Braves Projection Retrospective 2018: Position Players

Which projection systems were right about the Atlanta Braves in 2018? We take a closer look.

2018 Atlanta Braves Player Reviews

Our player-by-player review of the 2018 season continues with a closer look at a pair of All-Stars in Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis.

Braves’ Davidson named AFL Player of the Week

Braxton Davidson got off to a slow start in the Arizona Fall League but he heated up last week going 7-for-16 with four home runs and was named AFL Player of the Week for his efforts.

MLB News

Nationals Made “Aggressive” Extension Offer To Harper Near End Of Season

Multiple reports suggest that the Washington Nationals made an aggressive extension offer to Bryce Harper prior to the end of the season that he rejected.

Mariners may stage a ‘full-fledged teardown’ this offseason

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported on Tuesday that the Seattle Mariners are considering the possibility a full-fledged roster teardown this offseason.

Lance McCullers undergoes Tommy John surgery

The Houston Astros will be without pitcher Lance McCullers for the 2019 season after he underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his elbow. McCullers dealt with an elbow injury most of the 2018 season but Houston had hoped that he would be able to make it back without surgery.

CC Sabathia and Yankees agree to terms on one year, $8 million deal

The New York Yankees are bringing back free agent left-hander CC Sabathia on a one-year deal worth $8 million. The deal is complete pending a physical which will be performed on Wednesday. Sabathia finished with a 3.65 ERA in 153 innings in 2018.

Roberts, Dodgers agree on extension

The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts have reached an agreement on a four-year extension.

Reds Hire Turner Ward As Hitting Coach

Teams continue to raid the Dodgers’ coaching staff as the Reds announced the hiring of Turner Ward as their new hitting coach on Tuesday. Ward had served in the same role with Los Angeles since 2016.

Giants hire Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations

Additionally, the San Francisco Giants have hired Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi to become the club’s president of baseball operations. The two sides announced a deal late Tuesday night.

White Sox Extend Rick Renteria

The White Sox quietly extended the contract of manager Rick Renteria beyond the 2019 season.