The Atlanta Braves made some significant roster moves on Monday bringing back Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers while parting ways with longtime pitcher Julio Teheran. Apparently there are more changes on the way as it was reported on Tuesday that the organization is once again shaking up its player development staff.
The Athletic’s David O’Brien reported that director of player development Dom Chiti would be reassigned and that assistant director of player development-personnel AJ Scola was let go entirely. No replacements have been named yet and there could be additional changes or departures.
Some of this is no doubt a continuation of GM Alex Anthopoulos continuing to overhaul the organization. However, in today’s game, it is critical that they get this right. While the Braves minor league system has produced several key major league players of late and still has a number of talented prospects approaching, the lower minors have been stung thanks to the sanctions issued by Major League Baseball for transgressions in the international market by former GM John Coppolella. As Atlanta tries to restock its minor league system, it will be critical that they have a solid development system in place. This is just another added storyline that we will be tracking throughout the offseason.
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Quick recap and analysis by our own Demetrius Bell on the roster decisions made by the Braves on Monday.
Tony Wolfe takes a closer look at the decisions to bring back Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers for FanGraphs.
Atlanta elected to stick with Nick Markakis in their outfield plan but could they further upgrade? Here are some other ways they could still improve without blocking Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.
Modern Era Hall of Fame Ballot
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ESPN’s David Schoenfield handicaps the Modern Era Ballot and gives former Braves great Dale Murphy a fair chance to gain induction.
Daniel Epstein lists Murphy as a borderline candidate in his breakdown of the ballot for Beyond The Box Score.
SB Nation’s Eric Stephen discusses how J.D. Martinez staying with the Red Sox will effect the remainder of the roster.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced contract extensions for President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak, General Manager Mike Girsch and manager Mike Schildt.
The Cardinals are also reportedly negotiating a new deal for right-handler Adam Wainwright.
The Cincinnati Reds outrighted Derek Dietrich to Triple-A on Tuesday. Dietrich had several big moments early but fell off considerably as the season went along hitting just .187/.328/.462 with 19 home runs in 113 games.