The virtual Winter Meetings wrapped up this past week with barely a whimper. For the Atlanta Braves, the most excitement of the week came on Thursday when they added three players during the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft. That is about as good an example of a slow news week as you can get. There is no indication of when things might pick up, but the Braves still have some holes to fill, so we will be seeing some more activity at some juncture before spring training.
MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa put together a fun list of each state’s home run leaders. Leaders that spent time in a Braves’ uniform include Hank Aaron (Alabama), Gary Sheffield (Florida) and Kurt Suzuki (Hawaii). Frank Thomas is the all-time leader for the state of Georgia slugging 521 homers.
Nolan Arenado signed a mega extension with the Colorado Rockies a few years ago but has recently saw his name come up in trade discussions. ESPN’s Buster Olney takes a closer look at Arenado’s situation and writes that he may have to choose between his big deal or forego some of that guaranteed cash in order to join a winner.
Free agent right-hander Corey Kluber is planning to throw bullpen sessions for interested teams sometime in January. Kluber has suffered through two consecutive seasons of dealing with injuries and will try to show interested clubs that he is finally healthy.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal mentions in his latest notes column that the Los Angeles Angels are showing interest in free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa has agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving stemming from his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol this past February.
The New York Mets plan to hire Dave Jauss as bench coach according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Jauss will take over for Hensley Meulens who was let go after just one season in the position.