Atlanta Braves News
The Braves let go of scouting director Brian Bridges and assistant Roy Clark earlier this week creating a vacancy in the scouting department. They filled that vacancy on Friday with the addition of Dana Brown who come over from the Blue Jays to serve as VP of Scouting.
Friday was a busy day for the Braves overall as they came to terms with all seven of their arbitration eligible players. Below is a breakdown with a link to each story.
It is worth noting that all of these deals are non-guaranteed and conditional on the player making the team out of spring training. Still, there won’t be any drama surrounding any arbitration hearings for Atlanta this offseason.
Baseball Prospectus released its list of the Atlanta Braves’ Top 10 prospects for 2019 on Friday. Right-hander Ian Anderson tops the list and is followed by Austin Riley, Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson.
Arbitration was the theme of the day around Major League Baseball as many players and teams came to agreements. MLB Trade Rumors has a complete list of players who signed on Friday thus avoiding going to an arbitration hearing.
The National League list includes big names such as Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom who received a substantial raise to $17 million. Plenty of other big names also signed including Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager and Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Mookie Betts was a big winner on the American League side agreeing to a one-year deal worth $20 million. Others including Francisco Lindor and Jose Abreu also signed on.
However, not every player wasn't able to come to terms. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado heads the list and will be looking for a record breaking contract through arbitration. Aaron Nola is another big name that will head to a trial to determine his salary for the upcoming season.
The Yankees continue to add pieces to their infield with the addition of second baseman DJ LeMahieu who agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract on Friday.
The Dodgers acquired catcher Russell Martin from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in exchange for minor leaguers Ronny Brito and Andrew Sopko. Toronto will be sending along approximately $16.4 million in the deal to help cover Martin’s salary for the upcoming season.
The Astros announced on Friday that third baseman Alex Bregman underwent surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. He is expected to be limited at the start of spring training but should be ready for Opening Day.