The Atlanta Braves signed shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria adding another bench option to the 40-man roster. While the team is still searching for an impact bat to add to its lineup, there is still work to be done in rounding out the bench. If the team adds a corner outfielder then that would potentially effect the plan for Ender Inciarte or Nick Markakis. Matt Joyce played a key part on Atlanta’s bench last season but with Atlanta’s current outfield picture, there may not be room this time around.
Catcher Shea Langeliers landed at No. 7 on Talking Chop’s Top 30 preseason prospect list on Thursday. Langeliers also came in at No. 6 on MLB Pipeline’s list of the Top 10 catching prospects for 2020. Baltimore’s Adley Rutschman and San Francisco’s Joey Bart topped the list.
Also of note on the prospect front, the Braves’ High-A affiliate the Florida Fire Frogs had been rendered homeless throughout the offseason. Baseball America reported on Thursday that the Fire Frogs will play its home games in 2020 at Atlanta’s new North Port facility. This is a stop gap measure as it is located within the territorial rights of Port Charlotte and the situation will have to be rectified if the team returns in 2021.
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This week’s Starting Nine column from Cory McCartney touches on how the Braves will address the departure of Josh Donaldson, Ron Washington possibly leaving to take a suddenly vacant manager position and more.
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The New York Mets and manager Carlos Beltran agreed to mutually part ways on Thursday before he managed a single game for the club. The decision came in wake of Major League Baseball’s investigation into sign-stealing by the 2017 Houston Astros on which Beltran played. The scandal has now cost GM Jeff Luhnow and three managers, A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora and now Beltran their jobs.
There were various and unsubstantiated reports that emerged on Thursday that some Astros players wore devices that notified them of certain pitches. However, Major League Baseball said Thursday that they looked into those allegations during the investigation but found no evidence of such use.
The Houston Astros interviewed veteran manager Buck Showalter earlier this week for their vacant managerial position. The team was slated to sit down with John Gibbons on Thursday and current bench coach Joe Espada is another option as well.
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The Astros avoided arbitration with outfielder George Springer on Thursday agreeing to a one-year deal worth $21 million. That gives Springer the fifth-highest arbitration salary in history.
It might not be much in the grand scheme of things but new Cubs manager David Ross told fans and reporters at a Cubs charity event on Thursday that he expects third baseman Kris Bryant to remain with the team and to be in the lineup on Opening Day. Bryant has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason but a prospective deal has yet to emerge.
The San Francisco Giants rounded out their coaching staff on Thursday with a pair of hires including former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken who will be the first woman to hold a coaching position on a big league staff.