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Braves News: Atlanta keeps No. 9 pick, A.J. Pollock rumors, J.T. Realmuto and more

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Thursday was a busy day filled with rumors

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Atlanta Braves News

Braves won’t forfeit No. 9 pick due to Carter Stewart saga

The Atlanta Braves will be keeping the No. 9 pick in the 2019 Draft. The Athletic’s David O’Brien reported on Thursday that Major League Baseball had informed all 30 teams that the the grievance filed by the MLBPA on behalf of 2018 draft pick Carter Stewart had been resolved. Stewart, who didn’t sign with the Braves after being taken with the No. 8 selection, had been seeking free agency but enrolled at a Florida junior college last week.

MLB Trade Rumors: Braves among teams talking to A.J. Pollock

The Atlanta Braves are among the teams having talks with free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock according to a report by ESPN’s Buster Olney. Pollock was reportedly seeking a five-year contract but with free agent asking prices dwindling, could be willing to accept a shorter deal.

6 clubs are front-runners for Realmuto

The Braves are reportedly among six teams that are in on going trade discussions with the Marlins in regards to catcher J.T. Realmuto according to a report by’s Joe Frisaro. The others include the Dodgers, Astros, Padres, Rays and Reds. Atlanta has reportedly had interest in Realmuto dating back to last season but are waiting for Miami’s asking price to drop.

The hardest-throwing prospect in each organization

MLB Pipeline has rounded up a list of each team’s hardest throwing prospect. Right-handed reliever Chad Sobotka makes the list for the Atlanta Braves.

Command issues have made it tough for the 6-foot-7 right-hander to progress through the Braves’ system after being a 2014 fourth-round pick. It started to click for him in 2018, as he went from the Class A Advanced Florida State League all the way to the Majors. He struck out 12 per nine innings in the process, using a fastball that averaged 96 mph and touched 100 mph.

MLB News

Yasmani Grandal signed a great deal for the Brewers, and a bad deal for baseball

Yasmani Grandal entered the offseason as the top catcher available on the free agent market. He ended up having to take a one-year contract from the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week. SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee writes that while that is a great deal for the Brewers it is bad news for baseball.

Mets land Jed Lowrie on 2-year deal

The New York Mets continued their offseason shopping spree on Thursday reportedly agreeing to a two-year, $20 million contract with infielder Jed Lowrie. The club hasn’t yet announced the deal but Lowrie is coming off of an All-Star season in Oakland at age 34 and will add depth to the Mets’ infield at several positions.

Nationals To Sign Brian Dozier

The Nationals strengthened their infield on Thursday with the addition of second baseman Brian Dozier on a one-year deal that is worth a reported $9 million. Dozier split the 2018 season between the Twins and the Dodgers hitting just .215/.305/.391.

Mariners sign Tim Beckham, Cory Gearrin to one-year deals, per report

The Seattle Mariners added infielder Tim Beckham and reliever Cory Gearrin to their roster on Thursday agreeing to one-year deals with both. Beckham’s deal is worth a reported $1.75 million and also includes $250,000 in incentives. He spent last season with the Baltimore Orioles. Gearrin split the 2018 season amongst three teams pitching for the Giants, Rangers and Athletics.

Blue Jays sign David Phelps

The Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million with right-hander David Phelps. The deal also includes various incentives and a club-option for the 2020 season. Phelps underwent Tommy John Surgery before the start of the 2018 season and may not be ready by Opening Day but should be able to return to the mound early this season.

Mets Sign Luis Avilan To Minor League Deal

Former Braves reliever Luis Avilan signed a minor league deal with the Mets on Thursday. Avilan began last season with the White Sox but finished it with the Phillies. He was non-tendered by Philadelphia earlier this offseason.